American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To form a mental picture or image of.
- v. To think; conjecture: I imagine you're right.
- v. To have a notion of or about without adequate foundation; fancy: She imagines herself to be a true artist.
- v. To employ the imagination.
- v. To make a guess; conjecture.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To form a mental image of; produce by the imagination; especially, to construct by the productive imagination.
- To conceive in the mind; suppose; conjecture.
- To contrive in purpose; scheme; devise.
- = Syn. 1 and 2. Surmise, Guess, etc. (see conjecture), fancy, picture to one's self, apprehend, believe, suppose, deem. —3. To plan, frame. scheme.
- To form images or conceptions; exercise imagination.
- To suppose; fancy; think.
- v. transitive To form a mental image of something; to envision or create something in one's mind.
- v. transitive To believe in something created by one's own mind.
- v. transitive To assume.
- v. transitive To conjecture or guess.
- v. intransitive To use one's imagination.
- v. intransitive To guess or conjecture.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To form in the mind a notion or idea of; to form a mental image of; to conceive; to produce by the imagination.
- v. To contrive in purpose; to scheme; to devise; to compass; to purpose. See Compass, v. t., 5.
- v. To represent to one's self; to think; to believe.
- v. To form images or conceptions; to conceive; to devise.
- v. To think; to suppose.
- v. expect, believe, or suppose
- v. form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case
- Old French imaginer, from Latin imāginor, from imāginem, the accusative singular of imāgō ("a copy, likeness, image"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English imaginen, from Old French imaginer, from Latin imāginārī, from imāgō, imāgin-, image. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Simply because in the first case you imagine that it is easy to go to the end of this plank, while in the second case you _imagine_ that you _cannot_ do so.”
“I noticed a sign advertising some kind of jalapeno burger with the words "sezur na ostro" which I can only imagine is Polish for blow your bowels up.”
“The only thing you can imagine is that he was talking about how big the monuments are?”
“David, as you can imagine, is unimpressed with this state of affairs, but still doing really rather well.”
“Now all I can imagine is this scene revised for contemporary times, in which our heroes are fined for illegal consumption of alcohol, fishing without a license, and probably a trespassing charge thrown in for good measure.”
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“Perhaps equally difficult to imagine is being within a few blocks or or a couple miles of Ground Zero and surviving to escape the city — to go to Nagasaki, which would be struck by an even larger weapon three days later, and once again survive.”
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