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imagine

verb [T] uk   /ɪˈmædʒ.ɪn/ us  
B1 to form or have a mental picture or idea of something: Imagine Robert Redford when he was young - that's what John looks like. [+ (that)] Imagine (that) you're eating ice cream - try to feel how cold it is. [+ question word] Can you imagine how it feels to be blind? [+ -ing verb] She imagined herself sitting in her favourite chair back home. They hadn't imagined (= expected) (that) it would be so difficult. I can't imagine (= I really don't know) what he wants from us.B2 to believe that something is probably true: [+ (that)] I imagine (that) he's under a lot of pressure at the moment. I don't imagine (that) they have much money. "Will they change it?" "I imagine so."B1 to think that something exists or is true, although in fact it is not real or true: "Did you hear a noise?" "No, you're imagining things/No, you must have imagined it." I've never heard her criticize you - I think you imagine it. used to express shock or surprise, often at someone else's behaviour: She got married at 16! Imagine that! [+ -ing verb] Imagine spending all that money on a coat!you can't imagine used to emphasize a statement: You can't imagine what a mess the house was in after the party.
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