imagine


verb (used with object), im·ag·ined, im·ag·in·ing.

  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), im·ag·ined, im·ag·in·ing.

  1. to form mental images of things not present to the senses; use the imagination.
  2. to suppose; think; conjecture.

verb

  1. (when tr, may take a clause as object) to form a mental image of
  2. (when tr, may take a clause as object) to think, believe, or guess
  3. (tr; takes a clause as object) to suppose; assumeI imagine he’ll come
  4. (tr; takes a clause as object) to believe or assume without foundationhe imagines he knows the whole story
  5. an archaic word for plot 1

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  1. Also: imagine that! an exclamation of surprise
v.

mid-14c., “to form a mental image of,” from Old French imaginer “sculpt, carve, paint; decorate, embellish” (13c.), from Latin imaginari “to form a mental picture to oneself, imagine” (also, in Late Latin imaginare “to form an image of, represent”), from imago (see image). Sense of “suppose” is first recorded late 14c. Related: Imagined; imagining.

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