[ ih-maj-uh-ner-ee ]
/ ɪˈmædʒ əˌnɛr i /
existing only in the imagination or fancy; not real; fancied: an imaginary illness; the imaginary animals in the stories of Dr. Seuss.
noun, plural im·ag·i·nar·ies.
Mathematics. imaginary number.
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Origin of imaginary
SYNONYMS FOR imaginary
OTHER WORDS FROM imaginary
im·ag·i·nar·i·ly, adverbim·ag·i·nar·i·ness, nounnon·im·ag·i·nar·i·ly, adverbnon·im·ag·i·nar·i·ly·ness, noun
non·im·ag·i·nar·i·ness, nounnon·im·ag·i·nar·y, adjectivepre·im·ag·i·nar·y, adjectiveun·im·ag·i·nar·y, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH imaginaryimaginary , imaginative
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British Dictionary definitions for imaginary
/ (ɪˈmædʒɪnərɪ, -dʒɪnrɪ) /
existing in the imagination; unreal; illusory
maths involving or containing imaginary numbers. The imaginary part of a complex number, z, is usually written Im z
Derived forms of imaginaryimaginarily, adverbimaginariness, noun
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