imagine

[ih-maj-in]
verb (used with object), im·ag·ined, im·ag·in·ing.
  1. to form a mental image of (something not actually present to the senses).
  2. to think, believe, or fancy: He imagined the house was haunted.
  3. to assume; suppose: I imagine they'll be here soon.
  4. to conjecture; guess: I cannot imagine what you mean.
  5. Archaic. to plan, scheme, or plot.
verb (used without object), im·ag·ined, im·ag·in·ing.
  1. to form mental images of things not present to the senses; use the imagination.
  2. 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
Related formsi·mag·in·er, nounpre·im·ag·ine, verb (used with object), pre·im·ag·ined, pre·im·ag·in·ing.re·i·mag·ine, verb (used with object), re·i·mag·ined, re·i·mag·in·ing.un·im·ag·ined, adjectivewell-i·mag·ined, adjective

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.

imago

[ih-mey-goh, ih-mah-]
noun, plural i·ma·goes, i·ma·gi·nes [ih-mey-guh-neez, ih-mah-] /ɪˈmeɪ gəˌniz, ɪˈmɑ-/.
  1. Entomology. an adult insect.
  2. Psychoanalysis. an idealized concept of a loved one, formed in childhood and retained unaltered in adult life.

Origin of imago

1790–1800; < New Latin, Latin imāgō; see image
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British Dictionary definitions for imagines

imagine

verb
  1. (when tr, may take a clause as object) to form a mental image of
  2. (when tr, may take a clause as object) to think, believe, or guess
  3. (tr; takes a clause as object) to suppose; assumeI imagine he'll come
  4. (tr; takes a clause as object) to believe or assume without foundationhe imagines he knows the whole story
  5. an archaic word for plot 1
sentence substitute
  1. Also: imagine that! an exclamation of surprise
Derived Formsimaginable, adjectiveimaginably, adverbimaginer, noun

Word Origin for imagine

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

imago

noun plural imagoes or imagines (ɪˈmædʒəˌniːz)
  1. an adult sexually mature insect produced after metamorphosis
  2. psychoanal an idealized image of another person, usually a parent, acquired in childhood and carried in the unconscious in later life

Word Origin for imago

C18: New Latin, from Latin: likeness; see image
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Word Origin and History for imagines

imagine

v.

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.

imago

n.

1797, from Latin imago "image" (see image).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

imagines in Medicine

imago

[ĭ-māgō, ĭ-mä-]
n. pl. i•ma•goes
  1. An insect in its sexually mature adult stage after metamorphosis.
  2. An often idealized image of a person, usually a parent, formed in childhood and persisting unconsciously into adulthood.
  3. archetype
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imagines in Science

imago

[ĭ-māgō]
Plural imagoes imagines (ĭ-māgə-nēz′)
  1. An insect in its sexually mature adult stage after metamorphosis. Compare larva nymph pupa.
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