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IMAGINATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does imagination mean? 

IMAGINATION (noun)
  The noun IMAGINATION has 3 senses:

1. the formation of a mental image of something that is not perceived as real and is not present to the senses
2. the ability to form mental images of things or events
3. the ability to deal resourcefully with unusual problems

  Familiarity information: IMAGINATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


IMAGINATION (noun)


Sense 1imagination [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The formation of a mental image of something that is not perceived as real and is not present to the senses

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

imagination; imaginativeness; vision

Context examples:

popular imagination created a world of demons / imagination reveals what the world could be

Hypernyms ("imagination" is a kind of...):

creative thinking; creativeness; creativity (the ability to create)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "imagination"):

fictitious place; imaginary place; mythical place (a place that exists only in imagination; a place said to exist in fictional or religious writings)

fancy (a kind of imagination that was held by Coleridge to be more casual and superficial than true imagination)

fantasy; phantasy (imagination unrestricted by reality)

dream; dreaming (imaginative thoughts indulged in while awake)

imaginary being; imaginary creature (a creature of the imagination; a person that exists only in legends or myths or fiction)


Sense 2imagination [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The ability to form mental images of things or events

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

imagery; imaging; mental imagery; imagination

Context example:

he could still hear her in his imagination

Hypernyms ("imagination" is a kind of...):

representational process (any basic cognitive process in which some entity comes to stand for or represent something else)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "imagination"):

evocation (imaginative re-creation)

chimaera; chimera (a grotesque product of the imagination)

dream; dreaming (a series of mental images and emotions occurring during sleep)

envisioning; picturing (visual imagery)

vision (a vivid mental image)

mind's eye (the imaging of remembered or invented scenes)

make-believe; pretence; pretense (imaginative intellectual play)


Sense 3imagination [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The ability to deal resourcefully with unusual problems

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

resourcefulness; resource; imagination

Context example:

a man of resource

Hypernyms ("imagination" is a kind of...):

cleverness; ingeniousness; ingenuity; inventiveness (the power of creative imagination)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "imagination"):

armory; armoury; inventory (a collection of resources)


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