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imagine

[ ih-maj-in ]
/ 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

synonym study for imagine

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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British Dictionary definitions for imagine

imagine
/ (瑟藞m忙d蕭瑟n) /

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
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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
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