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imagine

[ih-maj-in] /ɪˈmædʒ ɪn/
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
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English imaginen < Middle French imaginer < Latin imāginārī, equivalent to imāgin- (stem of imāgō) image + -ā- thematic vowel + -rī infinitive ending
Related forms
imaginer, noun
preimagine, verb (used with object), preimagined, preimagining.
reimagine, verb (used with object), reimagined, reimagining.
unimagined, adjective
well-imagined, adjective
Synonyms
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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Examples for imagined
  • Have students write their own stories about a real or imagined experience with some kind of wetland.
  • Every government that could pursued nuclear armaments in order to keep even with their fears of real and imagined adversaries.
  • All of these position invoke real or imagined acts of hypocrisy.
  • We seek someone to blame and pay for the problem, real or imagined.
  • Whether it is a real memory or imagined is not really a concern.
  • My mind is seduced into lingering in spaces between the real and the imagined.
  • What goes on within the human skull is more complex and fantastic than anyone imagined.
  • He imagined a totally new way of doing things, an original structure.
  • The sight was one which admitted of little discussion, as may be imagined.
  • In his bed at night he imagined unspeakable things and in the morning went forth to tell his dreams as facts.
British Dictionary definitions for imagined

imagine

/ɪˈmædʒɪn/
verb
1.
(when transitive, may take a clause as object) to form a mental image of
2.
(when transitive, may take a clause as object) to think, believe, or guess
3.
(transitive; takes a clause as object) to suppose; assume I imagine he'll come
4.
(transitive; takes a clause as object) to believe or assume without foundation he imagines he knows the whole story
5.
an archaic word for plot1
sentence substitute
6.
Also imagine that!. an exclamation of surprise
Derived Forms
imaginable, adjective
imaginably, adverb
imaginer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin imāginārī to fancy, picture mentally, from imāgō likeness; see image
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Word Origin and History for imagined
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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