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1 form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case; "Can you conceive of him as the president?" [syn: conceive of, ideate, envisage]
2 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" [syn: think, opine, suppose, reckon, guess]

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  1. To form a mental image of something; to envision or create something in one's mind.
    Try to imagine a pink elephant.
  2. To believe in something created by one's own mind.
    She imagined that the man wanted to kill her.
  3. To assume.
    I imagine that he will need to rest after such a long flight.
  4. To conjecture or guess.
    I cannot even imagine what you are up to!
  5. To use one's imagination.
  6. To guess or conjecture.
    Let me imagine - it's a ring!

Usage notes


(transitive) to form a mental image of something
(transitive) to believe
(transitive) to assume
(transitive) to conjecture
(intransitive) to use one's imagination
(intransitive) to guess
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  1. Form of imaginer





  1. image


Extensive Definition

Imagine may refer to:
In print:
imagine in German: Imagine
imagine in Spanish: Imagine
imagine in French: Imagine
imagine in Italian: Imagine
imagine in Latin: Imagine
imagine in Dutch: Imagine
imagine in Japanese: イマジン
imagine in Norwegian: Imagine
imagine in Polish: Imagine
imagine in Swedish: Imagine
imagine in Vietnamese: Imagine (định hướng)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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