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imagination

noun uk   /ɪˌmædʒ.ɪˈneɪ.ʃən/ us  
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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