illusion Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"illusion" in British English

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illusionnoun

uk   us   /ɪˈluː.ʒən/
C2 [C or U] an ​idea or ​belief that is not ​true: He had no illusions about his ​talents as a ​singer. I'm under no illusions (= I ​understand the ​truth) about the man I ​married. My ​boss is labouring under the illusion that (= ​wronglybelieves that) the ​project will be ​completed on ​time.C2 [C] something that is not really what it ​seems to be: A ​largemirror in a ​room can create the illusion ofspace. The ​impression of ​calm in the ​office is just an illusion.
(Definition of illusion from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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illusionnoun [C]

 us   /ɪˈlu·ʒən/
an ​idea or ​belief that is not ​true, or something that is not what it ​seems to be: We have no illusions about how ​difficult the ​job will be. [+ that clause] I was under the illusion that ​trainsranfrequently on ​weekends (= I ​wronglybelieved this). They ​managed to ​create the illusion of ​space in a ​tinyapartment.
illusory
adjective  us   /ɪˈlu·sə·ri, -zə·ri/
Her ​fears were illusory.
(Definition of illusion from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “illusion”
in Korean 환상…
in Arabic وَهْم…
in Malaysian ilusi…
in French illusion…
in Russian иллюзия, обман, впечатление…
in Chinese (Traditional) 幻覺,幻想, 假像,錯覺…
in Italian illusione…
in Turkish hayal, hülya, kuruntu…
in Polish złudzenie, iluzja…
in Spanish ilusión…
in Vietnamese ảo tưởng…
in Portuguese ilusão…
in Thai ภาพหลอน, ภาพมายา, ภาพลวงตา…
in German die Täuschung…
in Catalan il·lusió…
in Japanese 錯覚…
in Chinese (Simplified) 幻觉,幻想, 假象,错觉…
in Indonesian ilusi…
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