imagine

verb
imag·​ine | \ i-ˈma-jən How to pronounce imagine (audio) \
imagined; imagining\ i-​ˈmaj-​niŋ How to pronounce imagining (audio) , -​ˈma-​jə-​ \

Definition of imagine

transitive verb

1 : to form a mental image of (something not present) imagine accidents at every turn
2 : suppose, guess I imagine it will rain
3 : to form a notion of without sufficient basis : fancy imagines himself to be a charming conversationalist
4 archaic : plan, scheme

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think, conceive, imagine, fancy, realize, envisage, envision mean to form an idea of. think implies the entrance of an idea into one's mind with or without deliberate consideration or reflection. I just thought of a good joke conceive suggests the forming and bringing forth and usually developing of an idea, plan, or design. conceived of a new marketing approach imagine stresses a visualization. imagine you're at the beach fancy suggests an imagining often unrestrained by reality but spurred by desires. fancied himself a super athlete realize stresses a grasping of the significance of what is conceived or imagined. realized the enormity of the task ahead envisage and envision imply a conceiving or imagining that is especially clear or detailed. envisaged a totally computerized operation envisioned a cure for the disease

Examples of imagine in a Sentence

a writer who has imagined an entire world of amazing creatures He asked us to imagine a world without poverty or war. It's hard for me to imagine having children. He was imagining all sorts of terrible things happening. “What was that sound? I think there's someone in the house!” “Oh, you're just imagining things.” I imagine it will snow at some point today. It's difficult to imagine that these changes will really be effective. The company will do better next year, I imagine. It was worse than they had imagined.
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Recent Examples on the Web Your dog is pretty darn cute already, but just imagine! Christina Vercelletto, CNN Underscored, "41 gifts for pets and the people who love them," 20 Nov. 2020 Garcia doesn’t like to imagine a life back in Guatemala. Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica, "Inside the Lives of Immigrant Teens Working Dangerous Night Shifts in Suburban Factories," 19 Nov. 2020 Jason Roberts founded Better Block in 2006 to give people more spaces to enjoy through projects that end with a transformation that helps people imagine their communities in new ways. Allison Hatfield, Dallas News, "United Way’s Social Innovator of the Year takes grand-prize money to help build better communities," 19 Nov. 2020 The other is the ability to imagine potential outcomes of their behaviors and future consequences. Lauren Kent, CNN, "Click here now! Smartphones may be making us more impulsive," 19 Nov. 2020 Positive vaccine developments—most recently from Moderna—are allowing investors to imagine a life after the pandemic. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, "For Walmart’s Post-Covid Outlook, No Plus Is a Minus," 17 Nov. 2020 But imagine, instead, if your child refuses to come out from under the table that day. Amanda L Gordon, Bloomberg.com, "New York’s 4-Year-Olds Are Mastering Zoom to Get Into Elite Kindergartens," 17 Nov. 2020 Many who despise Donald Trump imagine that his wife does, too. Washington Post, "Melania Trump, like America, may be more in love with President Trump than his critics would hope," 17 Nov. 2020 Today, as the coronavirus continues its reign of terror, many might imagine that COVID-19 will vault to the top of nation’s list of killers in 2020. Fortune, "The Fortune/IBM Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals," 17 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of imagine

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for imagine

Middle English ymagynen, borrowed from Anglo-French ymaginer, borrowed from Latin imāginārī, verbal derivative of imāgin-, imāgō "representation, semblance, image entry 1"

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The first known use of imagine was in the 14th century

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25 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Imagine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imagine. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for imagine

imagine

verb
How to pronounce imagine (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of imagine

: to think of or create (something that is not real) in your mind
: to form a picture or idea in your mind of (something that is not real or present)
: to have or form (an idea or opinion that is not accurate or based on reality)

imagine

verb
imag·​ine | \ i-ˈma-jən How to pronounce imagine (audio) \
imagined; imagining

Kids Definition of imagine

1 : to form a mental picture of : use the imagination Imagine yourself grown up.
2 : think sense 1 I imagine you're right.

imagine

verb
imag·​ine | \ im-ˈaj-ən How to pronounce imagine (audio) \
imagined; imagining\ -​ˈaj-​(ə-​)niŋ How to pronounce imagining (audio) \

Medical Definition of imagine

transitive verb

: to form a mental image of (something not present)

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