imagination

[ ih-maj-uh-ney-shuh n ]
/ ɪˌmædʒ əˈneɪ ʃən /

noun

Origin of imagination

1300–50; Middle English < Latin imāginātiōn- (stem of imāginātiō) fancy, equivalent to imāgināt(us) past participle of imāginārī to imagine (imāgin-, stem of imāgō image + -ātus -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

SYNONYMS FOR imagination

3 See fancy.
5 ingenuity, enterprise, thought.

Related forms

i·mag·i·na·tion·al, adjectivenon·im·ag·i·na·tion·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for imagination

imagination

/ (ɪˌmædʒɪˈneɪʃən) /

noun

the faculty or action of producing ideas, esp mental images of what is not present or has not been experienced
mental creative ability
the ability to deal resourcefully with unexpected or unusual problems, circumstances, etc
(in romantic literary criticism, esp that of S. T. Coleridge) a creative act of perception that joins passive and active elements in thinking and imposes unity on the poetic materialCompare fancy (def. 9)

Derived Forms

imaginational, adjective
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Idioms and Phrases with imagination

imagination


see figment of one's imagination.

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