imagine Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “imagine” in the English Dictionary

"imagine" in British English

See all translations

imagineverb [T]

uk   us   /ɪˈmædʒ.ɪn/
B1 to ​form or have a ​mentalpicture or ​idea of something: Imagine Robert Redford when he was ​young - that's what John ​looks like. [+ (that)] Imagine (that) you're ​eatingicecream - ​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 ​favouritechair 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 ​probablytrue: [+ (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 ​expressshock 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.
More examples
(Definition of imagine from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"imagine" in American English

See all translations

imagineverb [T]

 us   /ɪˈmædʒ·ən/
to ​form or have a ​mentalpicture or ​idea of something or someone: Imagine ​Tom as a ​child – that’s what ​Johnlooks like. [+ that clause] I imagine (= ​expect) (that) they ​chargeextra for ​dessert. If you imagine something that is not ​real or ​true, you ​think that it ​exists, has ​happened, or is ​true: "Did you ​hear a ​noise?" "No, you’re imagining things."
(Definition of imagine from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of imagine?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day


typical of autumn

Word of the Day