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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Woo's Grade: A- The Pelicans will keep this pick, per a source, and go with Hayes, imagining him as long-term defensive cover for Zion Williamson. Emily Caron, SI.com, "2019 NBA Draft Grades: No. 8 Pick Jaxson Hayes Reportedly Headed to Pelicans," 20 June 2019 Now, imagine that nothing makes sense—the tapestry has unraveled. Elizabeth Preston, Science | AAAS, "A growing sensory smog threatens the ability of fish to communicate, navigate, and survive," 20 June 2019 But many simply don’t have as much time, or control over their time, as food reformers imagine. Joslyn Brenton, The Conversation, "Time to cook is a luxury many families don’t have," 19 June 2019 The Munster branch will host two programs Tuesday: Frozen Galaxy for teens from 2-3 p.m.; and Rethink, Reinvent and Re-imagine with the Enviromobile for children from 2-3 p.m. at 8701 Calumet Ave. Post-tribune Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 7 June 2019 Since all the planets in the solar system orbit the sun on the same plane, imagine them as runners on a track going at varying speeds. Wilder Davies, Time, "Jupiter Will Appear its Biggest, Brightest, and Most Visible Next Week. This Is the Best Way to See It," 6 June 2019 As one can imagine for tough men who are literally locked up with their opponent, chins lodged into ears, the actions and words can be rather colorful. Tod Leonard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Art of the scrum: Legion players explain rugby’s mysterious melee," 7 June 2019 Anyone can imagine that this is an event that one may face rarely in a lifetime. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Rock Art and Footprints Reveal How Ancient Humans Responded to Volcanic Eruption," 4 June 2019 Arya, Sansa, Cersei, and Daenerys have all been through more and overcome more than Jon Snow could ever imagine. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "I Saw That Dany Twist on Game of Thrones Coming—but That Doesn’t Mean I Like It," 13 May 2019

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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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imagine

verb

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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