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[ih-maj-in] /ɪˈmædʒ ɪn/
verb (used with object), imagined, imagining.
to form a mental image of (something not actually present to the senses).
to think, believe, or fancy:
He imagined the house was haunted.
to assume; suppose:
I imagine they'll be here soon.
to conjecture; guess:
I cannot imagine what you mean.
Archaic. to plan, scheme, or plot.
verb (used without object), imagined, imagining.
to form mental images of things not present to the senses; use the imagination.
to suppose; think; conjecture.
Origin of imagine
1300-50; Middle English imaginen < Middle French imaginer < Latin imāginārī, equivalent to imāgin- (stem of imāgō) image + -ā- thematic vowel + -rī infinitive ending
Related forms
imaginer, noun
preimagine, verb (used with object), preimagined, preimagining.
reimagine, verb (used with object), reimagined, reimagining.
unimagined, adjective
well-imagined, adjective
1. image, picture. Imagine, conceive, conceive of, realize refer to bringing something before the mind. To imagine is, literally, to form a mental image of something: to imagine yourself in London. To conceive is to form something by using one's imagination: How has the author conceived the first act of his play? To conceive of is to comprehend through the intellect something not perceived through the senses: Wilson conceived of a world free from war. To realize is to make an imagined thing real or concrete to oneself, to grasp fully its implications: to realize the extent of one's folly.


[ih-mey-goh, ih-mah-] /ɪˈmeɪ goʊ, ɪˈmɑ-/
noun, plural imagoes, imagines
[ih-mey-guh-neez, ih-mah-] /ɪˈmeɪ gəˌniz, ɪˈmɑ-/ (Show IPA)
Entomology. an adult insect.
Psychoanalysis. an idealized concept of a loved one, formed in childhood and retained unaltered in adult life.
1790-1800; < New Latin, Latin imāgō; see image Unabridged
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  • He is possessed by a fixed idea, and imagines that it is this fixed idea which has preyed upon him and broken him down.

    Tongues of Conscience Robert Smythe Hichens
  • He imagines that it only depends upon me to give him my daughter.

    Samuel Brohl & Company Victor Cherbuliez
  • But I believe in my heart the dear woman thinks I wanted to come, and imagines that that is why she consented to the plan.

    Interrupted Pansy
  • One imagines the artist consulting with the proud possessor of the house.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • When one has been pretty, one imagines that one is still so, and will forever remain so.

    The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete Madame La Marquise De Montespan
British Dictionary definitions for imagines


(when transitive, may take a clause as object) to form a mental image of
(when transitive, may take a clause as object) to think, believe, or guess
(transitive; takes a clause as object) to suppose; assume: I imagine he'll come
(transitive; takes a clause as object) to believe or assume without foundation: he imagines he knows the whole story
an archaic word for plot1
sentence substitute
Also imagine that!. an exclamation of surprise
Derived Forms
imaginable, adjective
imaginably, adverb
imaginer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin imāginārī to fancy, picture mentally, from imāgō likeness; see image


noun (pl) imagoes, imagines (ɪˈmædʒəˌniːz)
an adult sexually mature insect produced after metamorphosis
(psychoanal) an idealized image of another person, usually a parent, acquired in childhood and carried in the unconscious in later life
Word Origin
C18: New Latin, from Latin: likeness; see image
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Word Origin and History for imagines



mid-14c., "to form a mental image of," from Old French imaginer "sculpt, carve, paint; decorate, embellish" (13c.), from Latin imaginari "to form a mental picture to oneself, imagine" (also, in Late Latin imaginare "to form an image of, represent"), from imago (see image). Sense of "suppose" is first recorded late 14c. Related: Imagined; imagining.



1797, from Latin imago "image" (see image).

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imagines in Medicine

imago i·ma·go (ĭ-mā'gō, ĭ-mä'-)
n. pl. i·ma·goes or i·ma·gi·nes (-gə-nēz')

  1. An insect in its sexually mature adult stage after metamorphosis.

  2. An often idealized image of a person, usually a parent, formed in childhood and persisting unconsciously into adulthood.

  3. See archetype.

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imagines in Science
Plural imagoes or imagines (ĭ-mā'gə-nēz')
An insect in its sexually mature adult stage after metamorphosis. Compare larva, nymph, pupa.

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