imagine

[ ih-maj-in ]
/ ɪˈmædʒ ɪn /

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

verb (used without object), im·ag·ined, im·ag·in·ing.

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

SYNONYMS FOR imagine

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for imagine

imagine

/ (ɪˈmædʒɪn) /

verb

(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

sentence substitute

Also: imagine that! an exclamation of surprise

Derived Forms

imaginable, adjectiveimaginably, adverbimaginer, noun

Word Origin for imagine

C14: from Latin imāginārī to fancy, picture mentally, from imāgō likeness; see image
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