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

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imaginationnoun

uk   us   /ɪˌmædʒ.ɪˈneɪ.ʃən/
B1 [C or U] the ​ability to ​formpictures in the ​mind: My ​youngerson 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)beautifulcity. There's a ​sexscene in the ​film which ​apparently leaves nothing to the imagination (= ​showssexualparts of the ​body very ​clearly). [U] something that you ​thinkexists 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 ​behavingstrangely 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 ​formmentalpictures 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)
Translations of “imagination”
in Arabic تَخَيُّل, خَيال…
in Korean 상상, 상상력…
in Portuguese imaginação…
in Catalan imaginació…
in Japanese 想像力, 想像…
in Chinese (Simplified) 想象力, 幻觉, 幻想…
in Turkish hayal, zihin, kafa…
in Russian воображение…
in Chinese (Traditional) 想像力, 幻覺, 幻想…
in Italian immaginazione…
in Polish wyobraźnia…
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