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English definition of “imagination”

imagination

noun     /ɪˌmædʒɪˈneɪʃən/
MIND [C] B1 the part of your mind that creates ideas or pictures of things that are not real or that you have not seen: [usually singular] There's nothing out here - it's just your imagination.Mind and personalityScience of psychology and psychoanalysis
ABILITY [U] B1 the ability to create ideas or pictures in your mind: The job needs someone with creativity and imagination. → See also not by any stretch of the imaginationImagining and conceiving
(Definition of imagination noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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