• IPA: /ɪˈmædʒ.ɪn/

imagine (imagines, present participle imagining; past and past participle imagined)

  1. (transitive) to form a mental image of something; to envision or create something in one's mind.
    • c. 1595–1596, William Shakespeare, “A Midsommer Nights Dreame”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene i]:
      In the night, imagining some fear, / How easy is a bush supposed a bear!
    Try to imagine a pink elephant.
  2. (transitive) to believe in something created by one's own mind
    She imagined that the man wanted to kill her.
  3. (transitive) to assume
    I imagine that he will need to rest after such a long flight.
  4. (transitive) to conjecture or guess
    I cannot even imagine what you are up to!
    The board imagines the merger will increase profits by 25%
  5. (intransitive) to use one's imagination
    Imagine that we were siblings.
  6. (transitive, obsolete) to contrive in purpose; to scheme; to devise
    • Bible, Psalms lxii. 3
      How long will ye imagine mischief against a man?
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imagine (plural imagines)

  1. (fandom slang) A short fanfic or prompt placing a reader insert in a novel scenario with a character or celebrity.
    • 2015, Laura Starling, "FFIC101: An Introduction to the Horrors of Fanfiction", Critic (University of Otago), 2 March 2015, page 21 ↗:
      Some imagines are more sexual and creepy than others: "Imagine Stiles walking in on you giving Scott a blowjob."
    • 2016, Jocelyn Chambers, "The Exclusion Of People Of Color In Fanfiction", Majesty, December 2016, page 96 ↗:
      i personally like imagines and fanfics so i found a good amount of kylo ren x reader fics and started going through them.
    • 2019, "thranduilsperkybutt", quoted in "Author Spotlight: thranduilsperkybutt", Lemon, February 2019, page 37 ↗:
      If I get inspired immediately, I can bust out an imagine in 5-10 minutes.

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