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imaginary

adjective uk   /ɪˈmædʒ.ɪ.nər.i/ us    /-ə.ner-/
C1 Something that is imaginary is created by and exists only in the mind: As a child I had an imaginary friend. The story is set in an imaginary world. imaginary fears
Translations of “imaginary”
in Korean 상상의…
in Arabic خَيالي…
in Portuguese imaginário…
in Catalan imaginari…
in Japanese 想像の…
in Italian immaginario…
in Chinese (Traditional) 想像中的, 虛構的…
in Russian мнимый, вымышленный…
in Turkish hayalî, hayal ürünü…
in Chinese (Simplified) 想象中的, 虚构的…
in Polish zmyślony, wyimaginowany…
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