(1)   Expect, believe, or suppose
"I imagine she earned a lot of money with her new novel"
"I thought to find her in a bad state"
"He didn't think to find her in the kitchen"
"I guess she is angry at me for standing her up"
(2)   Form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case
"Can you conceive of him as the president?"


, from , from .


  1. To form a mental image of something; to envision or create something in one's mind.
    Try to imagine a pink elephant.
  2. To believe in something created by one's own mind.
    She imagined that the man wanted to kill her.
  3. To assume.
    I imagine that he will need to rest after such a long flight.
  4. To conjecture or guess.
    I cannot even imagine what you are up to!
  5. To use one's imagination.
    Imagine that we were siblings
  6. To guess or conjecture.
    Let me imagine - it's a ring!
    The board imagines the merger should increase profits about a quarter

Usage notes

  • This is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing). See Appendix:English catenative verbs