imagine

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Old French imaginer, from Latin imāginor, from imāginem, the accusative singular of imāgō (a copy, likeness, image).

Verb[edit]

imagine (third-person singular simple present imagines, present participle imagining, simple past and past participle imagined)

  1. (transitive) To form a mental image of something; to envision or create something in one's mind.
    • Shakespeare
      In the night, imagining some fear, / How easy is a bush supposed a bear!
    • 2013 June 14, Jonathan Freedland, “Obama's once hip brand is now tainted”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 1, page 18: 
      Now we are liberal with our innermost secrets, spraying them into the public ether with a generosity our forebears could not have imagined. Where we once sent love letters in a sealed envelope, or stuck photographs of our children in a family album, now such private material is despatched to servers and clouds operated by people we don't know and will never meet.
    Try to imagine a pink elephant.
  2. (transitive) To believe in something created by one's own mind.
    She imagined that the man wanted to kill her.
  3. (transitive) To assume.
    I imagine that he will need to rest after such a long flight.
  4. (transitive) To conjecture or guess.
    I cannot even imagine what you are up to!
    The board imagines the merger will increase profits by 25%
  5. (intransitive) To use one's imagination.
    Imagine that we were siblings.
  6. (transitive, obsolete) To contrive in purpose; to scheme; to devise.
    • Bible, Psalms lxii. 3
      How long will ye imagine mischief against a man?

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French[edit]

Verb[edit]

imagine

  1. first-person singular present indicative of imaginer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of imaginer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of imaginer
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of imaginer
  5. second-person singular imperative of imaginer

Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

imāgine

  1. ablative singular of imāgō

Portuguese[edit]

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imagine

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of imaginar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of imaginar
  3. first-person singular imperative of imaginar
  4. third-person singular imperative of imaginar

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin imago, imaginem, French image.

Noun[edit]

imagine f (plural imagini)

  1. image

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Spanish[edit]

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imagine

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of imaginar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of imaginar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of imaginar.