- 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.
Origin of imagine
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Examples from the Web for imagining
He closed his eyes, imagining the virgins, imagining away the pain in his head and groin.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’
January 7, 2015
And it might be easiest of all imagining him “exploring” a candidacy for a while and then deciding the hell with it.Be the Smarter Bush Brother, Jeb: Don’t Run!
December 17, 2014
Imagining novels as biological specimens creates a crazed and mythic zoology of hybrids, beasts, mutants, and aberrations.The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
Hers is a dark response to his beautifully written coming out that invokes vultures in imagining the world he is entering.Gay Activist David Mixner: I Mercy Killed 8 People
October 29, 2014
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., did him one better, imagining Ebola-infected members of ISIS entering the United States as human WMDS.The Fear About Things That Won't Kill Us Is Killing Us
October 25, 2014
His brother; imagining he had gone abroad, was unacquainted with his danger.Night and Morning, Complete
His earthly future, a future of his own imagining, drew him.Heather and Snow
She smiled to herself again, imagining question and answer with Ruffo.A Spirit in Prison
He clasped her gently, imagining that he might calm her by his embrace.The Fortune of the Rougons
They are searching the shop, knocking the books about, imagining we are hidden among them!A Nest of Spies
- (when tr, may take a clause as object) to form a mental image of
- (when tr, may take a clause as object) to think, believe, or guess
- (tr; takes a clause as object) to suppose; assumeI imagine he'll come
- (tr; takes a clause as object) to believe or assume without foundationhe imagines he knows the whole story
- an archaic word for plot 1
- Also: imagine that! an exclamation of surprise
Word Origin and History for imagining
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.