Meaning of “imagination” in the English Dictionary

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"imagination" in British English

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uk /ɪˌmædʒ.ɪˈneɪ.ʃən/ us /ɪˌmædʒ.əˈneɪ.ʃən/

B1 [ C or U ] the ability to form pictures in the mind:

My younger son has a very vivid (= active) imagination.
I can never make up stories - I have absolutely no imagination.
For some reason the story captured/caught the imagination of the public (= made them very interested).
It couldn't by any stretch of the imagination be described as a (= it is certainly not a) beautiful city.
There's a sex scene in the film which apparently leaves nothing to the imagination (= shows sexual parts of the body very clearly).

[ U ] something that you think exists or is true, although in fact it is not real or true:

Was she paying him a lot of attention or was it just my imagination?
Is it my imagination or is David behaving strangely at the moment?

B1 [ U ] the ability to think of new ideas:

It's a job that needs someone with a bit of imagination.

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(Definition of “imagination” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"imagination" in American English

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imaginationnoun [ U ]

us /ɪˌmædʒ·əˈneɪ·ʃən/

the ability to form mental pictures of people or things, or to have new ideas:

Rafael has a very active imagination (= has many ideas).

(Definition of “imagination” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)