Definitions for imagineɪˈmædʒ ɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

im•ag•ineɪˈmædʒ ɪn(v.)-ined, -in•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to form a mental image of (something not actually present to the senses).

  2. to believe; 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. (v.i.)to form mental images of things not present to the senses.

  6. to conjecture.

Origin of imagine:

1300–50; ME < MF imaginer < L imāginārī, der. of imāgō, s. of imāgin-image


Princeton's WordNet

  1. imagine, conceive of, ideate, envisage(verb)

    form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case

    "Can you conceive of him as the president?"

  2. think, opine, suppose, imagine, reckon, guess(verb)

    expect, believe, or suppose

    "I imagine she earned a lot of money with her new novel"; "I thought to find her in a bad state"; "he didn't think to find her in the kitchen"; "I guess she is angry at me for standing her up"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. imagine(verb)ɪˈmædʒ ɪn

    to think of or picture sth in your mind

    Close your eyes and imagine the most beautiful beach in the world.; I can't imagine what he'd do if she left him.; She imagined him asking her to marry him.

  2. imagineɪˈmædʒ ɪn

    to suppose sth is true

    I imagine he's already bought himself one of those new phones.

  3. imagineɪˈmædʒ ɪn

    to believe sth is happening when it is not

    "Did you hear that?" "No, you must be imagining things!"

  4. imagineɪˈmædʒ ɪn

    indicates disapproval or surprise

    Imagine leaving kids alone in the house for all that time.


  1. imagine(Verb)

    To form a mental image of something; to envision or create something in one's mind.

    Try to imagine a pink elephant.

  2. imagine(Verb)

    To believe in something created by one's own mind.

    She imagined that the man wanted to kill her.

  3. imagine(Verb)

    To assume.

    I imagine that he will need to rest after such a long flight.

  4. imagine(Verb)

    To conjecture or guess.

    I cannot even imagine what you are up to!

  5. imagine(Verb)

    To use one's imagination.

    Imagine that we were siblings

  6. imagine(Verb)

    To guess or conjecture.

  7. Origin: imaginer, from imaginor, from imaginem, the accusative singular of imago.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imagine(verb)

    to form in the mind a notion or idea of; to form a mental image of; to conceive; to produce by the imagination

  2. Imagine(verb)

    to contrive in purpose; to scheme; to devise; to compass; to purpose. See Compass, v. t., 5

  3. Imagine(verb)

    to represent to one's self; to think; to believe

  4. Imagine(verb)

    to form images or conceptions; to conceive; to devise

  5. Imagine(verb)

    to think; to suppose


  1. Imagine

    "Imagine" is a song written and performed by the English musician John Lennon. The best-selling single of his solo career, its lyrics encourage the listener to imagine a world at peace, without the divisiveness and barriers of borders, religions and nationalities, and to consider the possibility that the focus of humanity should be living a life unattached to material possessions. Lennon and Yoko Ono co-produced the song and album of the same name with Phil Spector. Recording began at Lennon's home studio at Tittenhurst Park, England, in May 1971, with final overdubs taking place at the Record Plant, in New York City, during July. One month after the September release of the LP, Lennon released "Imagine" as a single in the United States; the song peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the LP reached number one on the UK chart in November, later becoming the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed album of Lennon's solo career. Although not originally released as a single in the United Kingdom, it was released in 1975 to promote a compilation LP and it reached number six in the chart that year. The song has since sold more than 1.6 million copies in the UK; it reached number one following Lennon's death in December 1980.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'imagine' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1945

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'imagine' in Written Corpus Frequency: #865

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'imagine' in Verbs Frequency: #260

Translations for imagine

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to form a mental picture of (something)

I can imagine how you felt.

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