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 The next part of our virtual PI tour is more difficult to imagine. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Pleasure Island: Nightclubs added to Mickey’s mix 30 years ago," 30 Oct. 2019 It is expressed more widely and with more variation than many imagined – though that’s probably something any dog owner could have told you. The Christian Science Monitor, "We can help lessen evil," 28 Oct. 2019 These works imagine future worlds where humanity has responded to climate change in a more timely and resourceful manner. Bernadette Mcbride, Quartzy, "Climate fiction is imagining a future beyond the climate crisis," 11 Oct. 2019 That said, Gray and production designer Kevin Thompson's imagining of the solar system, its spacecraft and stations, is interesting. Thomas Page, CNN, "James Gray on 'Ad Astra,' little green men and firing Brad Pitt into space," 16 Sep. 2019 In comparison, Clemson's issues seem imagined, invented out of thin air for the purpose of controversy — such as the concern that Lawrence has suddenly become careless. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Clemson remains team to beat for the national championship," 16 Sep. 2019 In another fantasy sequence, Mrs Yu stretches out languorously on a sofa, imagining a shirtless Ziming with a pair of cats scratching and licking his chest. The Economist, "A counter-revolutionary love story from Hong Kong," 14 Sep. 2019 In 1962, the family moved to San Bernardino, California, imagining a world of green grass, swimming pools, and acres and acres of palms. Longreads, "The Story of Country Music’s Great Songwriting Duo," 3 Sep. 2019 Many other writers have followed Butler, most recently Colson Whitehead, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning Underground Railroad (2016) cleverly imagined the fugitive slave system as an actual railroad burrowed beneath the nation. Eric Herschthal, The New Republic, "How Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Novel Reckons With the Past," 17 Sep. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'imagine.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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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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