imagine

[ih-maj-in]
verb (used with object), imagined, imagining.
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), imagined, imagining.
6.
to form mental images of things not present to the senses; use the imagination.
7.
to suppose; think; conjecture.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English imaginen < Middle French imaginer < Latin imāginārī, equivalent to imāgin- (stem of imāgō) image + -ā- thematic vowel + -rī infinitive ending

imaginer, noun
preimagine, verb (used with object), preimagined, preimagining.
reimagine, verb (used with object), reimagined, reimagining.
unimagined, adjective
well-imagined, adjective


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.
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imagine (ɪˈmædʒɪn)
 
vb
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; assume: I imagine he'll come
4.  (tr; takes a clause as object) to believe or assume without foundation: he imagines he knows the whole story
5.  an archaic word for plot
 
sentence substitute
6.  Also: imagine that! an exclamation of surprise
 
[C14: from Latin imāginārī to fancy, picture mentally, from imāgō likeness; see image]
 
im'aginable
 
adj
 
im'aginably
 
adv
 
im'aginer
 
n

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Word Origin & History

imagine
mid-14c., "to form a mental image of," from O.Fr. imaginer, from L. imaginari "to form a mental picture to oneself, imagine" (also, in L.L. imaginare "to form an image of, represent"), from imago (see image). Sense of "suppose" is first recorded late 14c. Imaginary "not real"
is from late 14c. (ymaginaire). First record of imagination "faculty of the mind which forms and manipulates images" is from mid-14c. (ymaginacion). Imaginative first attested late 14c. (ymaginatyf).
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Imagine that driving across town, you've fallen into a reverie, meditating on
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Imagine trying to bake a cake without being able to precisely gauge or control
  the temperature.
Imagine sipping your tea or wine in the dappled light of your own backyard
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