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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. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unimagined
Contemporary Examples
  • We see that women were as caught up as the men in the new financial careers that took them to unimagined, monied places.

Historical Examples
  • That was just five days ago, a brief eternity, during which life seemed to be driving her headlong to some unimagined goal.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • In the second place it was a storehouse of unimagined treasures.

  • She herself found rich stores of unimagined delight, as she poured forth her growing aspirations in floods of song.

    Baron Bruno Louisa Morgan
  • In like manner, deep-sea sounding may lead to great, as yet unimagined, results.

    The Ocean and its Wonders R.M. Ballantyne
  • The book which should reproduce the antislavery history of those thirty years would possess an unimagined charm.

    Nineteenth Century Questions James Freeman Clarke
  • But this adoration was a secret, guessed at home, perhaps, but unimagined at school.

    Yonder Emily Hilda Young
  • We must be forward-looking in our research and development to anticipate and achieve the unimagined weapons of the future.

  • The lawn stretched before her like water of an unimagined blackness.

    Yonder Emily Hilda Young
  • Who can sound the unimagined depths of that love which dwelt in the bosom of the Father from all eternity towards His Son?

    The Words of Jesus John R. Macduff
British Dictionary definitions for unimagined


not having been conceived of: a hitherto unimagined scale


(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unimagined



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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