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IMAGINE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does imagine mean? 

IMAGINE (verb)
  The verb IMAGINE has 2 senses:

1. form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case
2. expect, believe, or suppose

  Familiarity information: IMAGINE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


IMAGINE (verb)


Sense 1imagine [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

conceive of; envisage; ideate; imagine

Context example:

Can you conceive of him as the president?

Hypernyms (to "imagine" is one way to...):

create by mental act; create mentally (create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "imagine"):

envision; fancy; figure; image; picture; project; see; visualise; visualize (imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind)

visualise; visualize (form a mental picture of something that is invisible or abstract)

envision; foresee (picture to oneself; imagine possible)

fantasise; fantasize (portray in the mind)

prefigure (imagine or consider beforehand)

think (imagine or visualize)

fantasise; fantasize; fantasy (indulge in fantasies)

daydream; dream; stargaze; woolgather (have a daydream; indulge in a fantasy)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 2imagine [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Expect, believe, or suppose

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

guess; reckon; think; suppose; opine; imagine

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "imagine" is one way to...):

anticipate; expect (regard something as probable or likely)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "imagine"):

suspect (hold in suspicion; believe to be guilty)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Sentence example:

They imagine that there was a traffic accident


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