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/ 瑟藞m忙d蕭 瑟n /
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verb (used without object), im路ag路ined, im路ag路in路ing.
to form mental images of things not present to the senses; use the imagination.
to suppose; think; conjecture.
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Origin of imagine

First recorded in 1300鈥50; Middle English imaginen from Middle French imaginer from Latin im膩gin膩r墨, equivalent to im膩gin- (stem of im膩g艒 ) image + -膩- thematic vowel + -r墨 infinitive ending

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1. 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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What does imagine mean?

To imagine is to form a mental likeness of something or someone not present, as in Imagine flying in a rocket to Mars.

To imagine also means to think of something, especially in a way that it is not currently, as in Imagine what the house might look like after all these years.

To imagine is also to assume, as in Oh dear, the teacher imagined that we all did our homework.

Finally, to imagine can mean to guess, as in Can you imagine what it would be like for it to snow in the summer?

Example: I can鈥檛 imagine they will take much longer, so we should just wait here.

Where does imagine come from?

The first records of the term imagine come from the 1300s. It ultimately comes from the Latin im膩gin膩r墨.

Imagine is sometimes used for describing daydreaming, especially about something that you might find pleasant but probably cannot happen. A famous example of this is John Lennon鈥檚 song 鈥Imagine,鈥 which asks the listener to imagine a world without greed, hatred, or suffering. And in his song 鈥淕od鈥檚 Plan,鈥 which is about his belief that everything happens for a reason, Drake sings, 鈥Imagine if I never met the broskis.鈥

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Imagine is commonly used in casual conversations to talk about forming mental images.




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British Dictionary definitions for imagine

/ (瑟藞m忙d蕭瑟n) /

(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
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Also: imagine that! an exclamation of surprise

Derived forms of imagine

imaginable, adjectiveimaginably, adverbimaginer, noun

Word Origin for imagine

C14: from Latin im膩gin膩r墨 to fancy, picture mentally, from im膩g艒 likeness; see image
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012