What does Imagine mean?

Definitions for Imagine
ɪˈmædʒ ɪnimag·ine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. imagine, conceive of, ideate, envisageverb

    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, guessverb

    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"


  1. imagineverb

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

    Try to imagine a pink elephant.

  2. imagineverb

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

    She imagined that the man wanted to kill her.

  3. imagineverb

    To assume.

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

  4. imagineverb

    To conjecture or guess.

    I cannot even imagine what you are up to!

  5. imagineverb

    To use one's imagination.

    Imagine that we were siblings

  6. imagineverb

    To guess or conjecture.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To IMAGINEverb

    Etymology: imaginer, French; imaginor, Latin.

    Look what notes and garments he doth give thee,
    Bring them, I pray thee, with imagin'd speed. William Shakespeare.

    Present feats
    Are less than horrible imaginings. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    What are our ideas of eternity and immensity but the repeated additions of certain ideas of imagined parts of duration and expansion, with the infinity of number, in which we can come to no end of addition? John Locke.

    They intended evil against thee, they imagined a mischievous device. Ps. xxi. 11.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imagineverb

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

  2. Imagineverb

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

  3. Imagineverb

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

  4. Imagineverb

    to form images or conceptions; to conceive; to devise

  5. Imagineverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Imagine

    im-aj′in, v.t. to form an image of in the mind: to conceive: to think: (B.) to contrive or devise.—v.i. to form mental images: to conceive.—adj. Imag′inable, that may be imagined.—n. Imag′inableness.—adv. Imag′inably.—adj. Imag′inary, existing only in the imagination: not real: (alg.) impossible.—n. Imaginā′tion, act of imagining: the faculty of forming images in the mind: that which is imagined: contrivance.—adj. Imag′inātive, full of imagination: proceeding from the imagination.—ns. Imag′inātiveness; Imag′iner; Imag′ining, that which is imagined. [O. Fr. imaginer—L. imagināriimago, an image.]

Editors Contribution

  1. imagineadjective

    An act of the imagination of a young child that is playing

    Children love to imagine as they play

    Submitted by MaryC on January 6, 2017  

  2. imagine

    To create, form, see and design with the power of the mind.

    They could imagine it so they could build it and know that it would be used with great joy, love and passion.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 19, 2020  

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Imagine in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Imagine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Imagine in a Sentence

  1. White House:

    We’ve been seeking to find a way to get Republicans in Congress to accept an invitation from Democrats for months to engage in bipartisan talks on the budget, republicans put it off for so long that it’s difficult to imagine a bipartisan budget agreement before the deadline.

  2. Hugh Jackman:

    We are a very connected world, this documentary had an ending I could never imagine.

  3. Jen Ramsey:

    Imagine saying yes... To what's in your heart right now.

  4. Jen Ramsey:

    Imagine saying yes ... to the infinite possibilities coming my way now.

  5. Kelsey Hardwick:

    Our hearts are broken, Tom Parker was the centre of our world and we can't imagine life without Tom Parker infectious smile and energetic presence.

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    a disposition that is confused or nervous and upset
    • A. fluster
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