imagine

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See also: imaginé

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English ymagynen, from Middle French imaginer, from Latin imāginor, from imāginem, the accusative singular of imāgō (a copy, likeness, image).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɪˈmædʒ.ɪn/
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  • Hyphenation: imag‧ine

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.
    • c. 1595–1596, William Shakespeare, “A Midsommer Nights Dreame”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene i]:
      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”, in 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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Noun[edit]

imagine (plural imagines)

  1. (fandom slang) A short fanfic or prompt placing a reader insert in a novel scenario with a character or celebrity.
    • 2015, Laura Starling, "FFIC101: An Introduction to the Horrors of Fanfiction", Critic (University of Otago), 2 March 2015, page 21:
      Some imagines are more sexual and creepy than others: "Imagine Stiles walking in on you giving Scott a blowjob."
    • 2016, Jocelyn Chambers, "The Exclusion Of People Of Color In Fanfiction", Majesty, December 2016, page 96:
      i personally like imagines and fanfics so i found a good amount of kylo ren x reader fics and started going through them.
    • 2019, "thranduilsperkybutt", quoted in "Author Spotlight: thranduilsperkybutt", Lemon, February 2019, page 37:
      If I get inspired immediately, I can bust out an imagine in 5-10 minutes.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:imagine.

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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. third-person singular present subjunctive of imaginer
  5. second-person singular imperative of imaginer

Latin[edit]

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imāgine

  1. ablative singular of imāgō

Portuguese[edit]

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imagine

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of imaginar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of imaginar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of imaginar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of imaginar

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin imāgō, imāginem, French image.

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imagine f (plural imagini)

  1. image

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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.