Definitions for imaginaryɪˈmædʒ əˌnɛr i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

im•ag•i•nar•yɪˈmædʒ əˌnɛr i(adj.; n.)(pl.)-ries.

  1. (adj.)existing only in the imagination or fancy; not real; fancied.

  2. Category: Math

    Ref: imaginary number.


Princeton's WordNet

  1. complex number, complex quantity, imaginary number, imaginary(adj)

    (mathematics) a number of the form a+bi where a and b are real numbers and i is the square root of -1

  2. fanciful, imaginary, notional(adj)

    not based on fact; unreal

    "the falsehood about some fanciful secret treaties"- F.D.Roosevelt; "a small child's imaginary friends"; "to create a notional world for oneself"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. imaginary(adjective)ɪˈmædʒ əˌnɛr i

    not real but from your imagination

    As a child she had an imaginary friend.


  1. imaginary(Noun)

    Imagination; fancy.

  2. imaginary(Noun)

    An imaginary quantity.

  3. imaginary(Adjective)

    existing only in the imagination

  4. imaginary(Adjective)

    of a number, having no real part; that part of a complex number which is a multiple of the square root of -1.

  5. Origin: From imaginarius, from imago.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imaginary(adj)

    existing only in imagination or fancy; not real; fancied; visionary; ideal

  2. Imaginary(noun)

    an imaginary expression or quantity

Translations for imaginary

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


existing only in the mind or imagination; not real

Her illnesses are usually imaginary.

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