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

v expect, believe, or suppose

“I imagine she earned a lot of money with her new novel”
guess, opine, reckon, suppose, think
hold in suspicion; believe to be guilty
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anticipate, expect
regard something as probable or likely

v form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case

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
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create by mental act, create mentally
create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands

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