[ ih-maj-in ]
/ ɪˈmædʒ ɪn /
verb (used with object), im·ag·ined, im·ag·in·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), im·ag·ined, im·ag·in·ing.
Peanut Butter Nightmares And Other Lesser-Known PhobiasDo you suffer from one of these unusual fears?
Learn The Strange Link Between The Letters C And GCan you imagine a world in which the sounds of G and C were both represented by the letter C? Try to imacine it. Believe it or not, for much of their history, the sounds of C and G were represented by the same symbol. Eventually, however, both sounds received their own differentiated symbols. Both G and C have their origin in the Phoenician letter gimel, …
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.
i·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, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for re-imagine
Her message and her medium ask us to re-imagine our conception of power.
Then she must ascend the pulpit to re-imagine for the hundredth time how it would seem to be a preacher.A Pair of Blue Eyes|Thomas Hardy
British Dictionary definitions for re-imagine
/ (ɪˈmædʒɪn) /
(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
Derived Formsimaginable, adjectiveimaginably, adverbimaginer, noun
Word Origin for imagine
C14: from Latin imāginārī to fancy, picture mentally, from imāgō likeness; see image
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012