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Definition of imagine verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they imagine
    he / she / it imagines
    past simple imagined
    -ing form imagining
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to form a picture in your mind of what something might be like imagine something The house was just as she had imagined it. I can't imagine life without the kids now. imagine (that)… Close your eyes and imagine (that) you are in a forest. imagine what, how, etc… Can you imagine what it must be like to lose your job after 20 years? imagine doing something She imagined walking into the office and handing in her resignation. Imagine earning that much money! imagine somebody/something doing something I can just imagine him saying that! imagine somebody/something to be/do something I had imagined her to be older than that. imagine (somebody + adj./noun) I can imagine him really angry. (informal) “He was furious.” “I can imagine.”
  2. 2[transitive] to believe something that is not true imagine (that)… He's always imagining (that) we're talking about him behind his back. imagine something There's nobody there. You're imagining things.
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] to think that something is probably true synonym assume, suppose “Can we still buy tickets for the concert?” “Iimagine so.” imagine (that)… I don't imagine (that) they'll refuse. Thesaurusimaginethink see envisionThese words all mean to form an idea in your mind of what someone or something might be like.imagine to form an idea in your mind of what someone or something might be like:The house was just as she had imagined it.think to imagine something that might happen:I can't think of a better place for a wedding. Just think —this time tomorrow we'll be lying on a beach.see to consider something as a future possibility; to imagine someone as something:I can't see her changing her mind. His colleagues see him as a future director.envision to imagine what a situation will be like in the future, especially a situation that you intend to work toward:They envision an equal society, free from poverty and disease. In ten years, I envision myself running my own business. Envision is used especially in business and political contexts.Patterns to imagine/see/envision somebody/something as something to imagine/see/envision (somebody) doing something to be able to imagine/think/see/envision who/what/how… to imagine/think/envision that…
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