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imagination

noun uk   us   /ɪˌmædʒ.ɪˈneɪ.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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in Korean 상상, 상상력…
in Arabic تَخَيُّل, خَيال…
in Portuguese imaginação…
in Catalan imaginació…
in Japanese 想像力, 想像…
in Italian immaginazione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 想像力, 幻覺, 幻想…
in Russian воображение…
in Turkish hayal, zihin, kafa…
in Chinese (Simplified) 想象力, 幻觉, 幻想…
in Polish wyobraźnia…
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