Definition of imagination in US English:

imagination

noun

  • 1The faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses.

    ‘she'd never been blessed with a vivid imagination’
    • ‘I set the milk to warm on the stove, telling myself to stop listening to my own overactive imagination.’
    • ‘And in one sense there's nothing new about them - humanoid automata have captured the popular imagination for centuries.’
    • ‘Let your imagination roam freely over the facts you have collected.’
    • ‘Here, though, the great man's imagination had failed him.’
    • ‘If nothing else, ginkgo seems to fire the imagination of ad writers.’
    • ‘The fictional Cid, embodying the ideal Castilian, captured the popular imagination of generations.’
    • ‘But one thing was undeniable; that children have vivid imaginations.’
    • ‘He designed a series of lavish public celebrations to cement this image in the public imagination.’
    • ‘In the first half of the twentieth century the engineering feats that gripped the public imagination were urban and industrial.’
    • ‘His radio program gave him the opportunity to use his fertile imagination to develop innovative comedy sketches.’
    • ‘At times, considerable patience and a vivid imagination are required to get from the words to the underlying economics.’
    • ‘From the very beginning, then, landscape paintings have been products of artists' imaginations.’
    • ‘He said the tragedy still captured the public imagination and interest in it had not waned.’
    • ‘Your proposal is embarrassingly optimistic, like the product of a child's imagination.’
    • ‘Allowing young students to use their vivid imaginations helps them visualize their bodies moving in the water.’
    • ‘They also stimulate the imaginations of viewers, which is very personal and consequently very powerful.’
    • ‘Constructed of pine, its painted surface is an exuberant expression of the artist's imagination and creativity.’
    • ‘And why does the grail continue to fire the imagination of writers and readers alike?’
    • ‘One day as I was driving to a two-day business meeting, I let my imagination wander unchecked.’
    • ‘The show compensated for narrative gaps with energetic appeals to the viewers' imagination.’
    imaginative faculty, creative power, fancy
    interest, fascination, attention, passion, curiosity, preoccupation
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    1. 1.1 The ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful.
      ‘technology gives workers the chance to use their imagination’
      • ‘I am rather taken by his style, but am disappointed by his lack of imagination.’
      • ‘My aim is to give the chance to create as much as possible in our minds, through creativity and imagination.’
      • ‘The real treasures are the gardens, where imagination and creativity were given free rein.’
      • ‘One suspects that it is not nature's limitation so much as it is the author's lack of imagination.’
      • ‘There is a lack of imagination surrounding special educational provision in this area which is alarming.’
      • ‘Invention and imagination were lacking in the home team's second-half effort.’
      • ‘Judges placed high value on entries that demonstrated imagination, originality and flair.’
      • ‘Was it a lack of mental ability, foresight and imagination that was needed many years ago to regenerate what was once a fine city?’
      • ‘There were so many that they surrounded you in a world of childhood fantasies, imagination, and creativity.’
      • ‘In reality, their clothing demonstrated their complete lack of imagination.’
      • ‘When will it dawn on them that we are capable of creating jobs by way of our own indigenous resources and imagination?’
      • ‘The absence of dynamics throughout is due to a lack of imagination with the drum and bass work.’
      • ‘Our attacking play didn't work out the way I wanted it to because we lacked imagination and clout in midfield.’
      • ‘When they had possession their use of the ball lacked imagination or accuracy.’
      • ‘The first barrier is the lack of imagination and creativity in resourcing in schools.’
      • ‘The garden lacked beauty and mystery and I lacked creative imagination.’
      • ‘Well, perhaps it's a lack of imagination on the part of ownership.’
      • ‘They are literary parasites, the enemies of creativity and imagination.’
      • ‘York applied all the pressure with Leeds being forced to attack on the break, but they lacked imagination and guile.’
      • ‘They had handled this demanding project with a great deal of creativity and imagination.’
      creativity, imaginativeness, creativeness
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    2. 1.2 The part of the mind that imagines things.
      ‘a girl who existed only in my imagination’
      • ‘Therefore, you're acting on the stage of the imagination of the audience.’
      • ‘You don't have that kind of issue in Asia, so their minds and imaginations are less clouded.’
      • ‘It can lead an audience to open their hearts and minds and imaginations.’
      • ‘They're about ideas, the imagination and discovering other possibilities.’
      • ‘These cabin tours can be as inventive as campers' imaginations will allow.’
      • ‘In these the imagination invents the rhythms to which the observed details will give a solid presence.’

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin imaginatio(n-), from the verb imaginari ‘picture to oneself’, from imago, imagin- ‘image’.

Pronunciation

imagination

/ɪˌmædʒəˈneɪʃ(ə)n//iˌmajəˈnāSH(ə)n/