imagination

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From Old French imaginacion, from Latin imāginātiō

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imagination (plural imaginations)

  1. The image-making power of the mind; the act of creating or reproducing ideally an object not previously perceived; the ability to create such images.
    Imagination is one of the most advanced human faculties.
    • 1913, Robert Barr, chapter 5, Lord Stranleigh Abroad[1]:
      She removed Stranleigh’s coat with a dexterity that aroused his imagination.
  2. Particularly, construction of false images; fantasizing.
    You think someone's been following you? That's just your imagination.
  3. Creativity; resourcefulness.
    His imagination makes him a valuable team member.
  4. A mental image formed by the action of the imagination as a faculty; a conception; a notion; an imagining; something imagined.
    • 1597, Francis Bacon, "Of Youth and Age", Essays:
      And yet the invention of young men, is more lively than that of old; and imaginations stream into their minds better, and, as it were, more divinely.

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imagination f (plural imaginations)

  1. (countable and uncountable) imagination

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imagination f (plural imaginations)

  1. (countable and uncountable) imagination
  2. thought; reflection; idea

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