- to form a mental image of (something not actually present to the senses).
- to think, believe, or fancy: He imagined the house was haunted.
- to assume; suppose: I imagine they'll be here soon.
- to conjecture; guess: I cannot imagine what you mean.
- Archaic. to plan, scheme, or plot.
Origin of imagine
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Examples from the Web for imagine
“You can imagine the sound of that gun on a Bronx street,” Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce says.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
Imagine waking up to find a guy who looks like a tech startup employee eating your charred crispy leg.The Red Viper, Zoe Barnes, and the Best Fictional Deaths of 2014
January 1, 2015
If you think divorce between two people is messy and traumatic, imagine divorcing yourself.Why Singles Should Say ‘I Don’t’ to The Self-Marriage Movement
December 30, 2014
Imagine living 28 years—your whole life—trapped inside the wrong body.
Now imagine that one day hope appeared, an unexpected opportunity to free yourself, to finally be yourself.
He cannot imagine a more salutary mode of exhausting his force.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
What do you imagine you could employ yourself with down there?
It arose, I imagine, from an excess of the masculine element in his nature.
"You could not imagine what occurred next," said the bright-faced teacher.
They won't come, to be sure; but just imagine it if they should!
- (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
- Also: imagine that! an exclamation of surprise
Word Origin and History for imagine
mid-14c., "to form a mental image of," from Old French imaginer "sculpt, carve, paint; decorate, embellish" (13c.), from Latin imaginari "to form a mental picture to oneself, imagine" (also, in Late Latin imaginare "to form an image of, represent"), from imago (see image). Sense of "suppose" is first recorded late 14c. Related: Imagined; imagining.