• IPA: /ɪˌmædʒəˈneɪʃən/


  1. The image-making power of the mind; the act of mentally creating or reproducing an object not previously perceived; the ability to create such images.
    Imagination is one of the most advanced human faculties.
  2. Particularly, construction of false images; fantasizing.
    You think someone's been following you? That's just your imagination.
  3. Creativity; resourcefulness.
    His imagination makes him a valuable team member.
  4. A mental image formed by the action of the imagination as a faculty; something imagined.
    Synonyms: conception, notion, imagining
    • 1597, Francis Bacon, "Of Youth and Age", Essays:
      And yet the invention of young men, is more lively than that of old; and imaginations stream into their minds better, and, as it were, more divinely.
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