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English definition of “imaginary”

imaginary

adjective     /ɪˈmædʒ.ɪ.nər.i/ US  /-ə.ner-/
C1 describes something that 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 fearsTrue, real, false, and unreal
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