To imagine something is to picture it in your head. When we imagine things, we're using our imagination.

The word image is a good clue to the meaning of imagine, a word for picturing or envisioning things. You could imagine you're a king, an astronaut, a firefighter, or a coyote. You could imagine the earth getting hit by an asteroid. If you can think of it, you can imagine it. Sometimes, imagining means believing or guessing. For example, your teacher could say, "Did you really imagine there would be no homework?"

Definitions of imagine
  1. verb
    expect, believe, or suppose
    “I imagine she earned a lot of money with her new novel”
    synonyms: guess, opine, reckon, suppose, think
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    hold in suspicion; believe to be guilty
    type of:
    anticipate, expect
    regard something as probable or likely
  2. verb
    form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case
    synonyms: conceive of, envisage, ideate
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    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
    imagine or consider beforehand
    imagine or visualize
    fantasise, fantasize, fantasy
    indulge in fantasies
    daydream, dream, stargaze, woolgather
    have a daydream; indulge in a fantasy
    type of:
    create by mental act, create mentally
    create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands
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