verb (used with object), im·aged, im·ag·ing.

Origin of image

1175–1225; (noun) Middle English < Old French image, imagene (-ene apparently construed as suffix) < Latin imāgin-, stem of imāgō a copy, likeness, equivalent to im- (cf. imitate) + -āgō noun suffix; (verb) Middle English: to form a mental picture < Old French imagier, derivative of image
Related formsim·age·a·ble, adjectiveim·ag·er, nounpre·im·age, nounre·im·age, verb (used with object), re·im·aged, re·im·ag·ing.un·im·aged, adjective

Synonyms for image

1, 12. Image, icon, idol refer to material representations of persons or things. An image is a representation as in a statue or effigy, and is sometimes regarded as an object of worship: to set up an image of Apollo; an image of a saint. An icon, in the Greek or Eastern Orthodox Church, is a representation of Christ, an angel, or a saint, in painting, relief, mosaic, or the like: At least two icons are found in each church. An idol is an image, statue, or the like representing a deity and worshiped as such: a wooden idol; The heathen worship idols. It may be used figuratively: to make an idol of wealth. 2. likeness, figure, representation. 3. notion. 6. facsimile.

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a representation or likeness of a person or thing, esp in sculpture
an optically formed reproduction of an object, such as one formed by a lens or mirror
a person or thing that resembles another closely; double or copy
a mental representation or picture; idea produced by the imagination
the personality presented to the public by a person, organization, etca criminal charge is not good for a politician's image See also corporate image
the pattern of light that is focused on to the retina of the eye
psychol the mental experience of something that is not immediately present to the senses, often involving memorySee also imagery, body image, hypnagogic image
a personification of a specified quality; epitomethe image of good breeding
a mental picture or association of ideas evoked in a literary work, esp in poetry
a figure of speech, such as a simile or metaphor
  1. (of a point) the value of a function, f(x), corresponding to the point x
  2. the range of a function
an obsolete word for apparition

verb (tr)

to picture in the mind; imagine
to make or reflect an image of
computing to project or display on a screen or visual display unit
to portray or describe
to be an example or epitome of; typify
Derived Formsimageable, adjectiveimageless, adjective

Word Origin for image

C13: from Old French imagene, from Latin imāgō copy, representation; related to Latin imitārī to imitate
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Word Origin and History for image

c.1200, "piece of statuary; artificial representation that looks like a person or thing," from Old French image "image, likeness; figure, drawing, portrait; reflection; statue," earlier imagene (11c.), from Latin imaginem (nominative imago) "copy, statue, picture," figuratively "idea, appearance," from stem of imitari "to copy, imitate" (see imitation).

Meaning "reflection in a mirror" is early 14c. The mental sense was in Latin, and appears in English late 14c. Sense of "public impression" is attested in isolated cases from 1908 but not in common use until its rise in the jargon of advertising and public relations, c.1958.


late 14c., "to form a mental picture," from Old French imagier, from image (see image (n.)). Related: Imaged; imaging.

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image in Medicine




An optically formed duplicate or other representative reproduction of an object, especially an optical reproduction of an object formed by a lens or mirror.
A mental picture of something not real or present.
An exact copy of data in a computer file transferred to another medium.


To make or produce a likeness of.
To picture something mentally; imagine.
To translate photographs or other pictures by computer into numbers that can be transmitted to a remote location and then reconverted into pictures by another computer.
To visualize something, as by magnetic resonance imaging.
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Idioms and Phrases with image


see spitting image.

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