[ verb ] form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case


"Can you conceive of him as the president?"

Used in print

(San Francisco Chronicle...)

I cannot imagine a single scene that_is n't done in a far naughtier manner on TV every_week .

(Robert Wallace, "This Is the Way It Came About"...)

Ordinarily a father permits his children to grow_up in_due_time - but when the colony received independence in 1960 the Congolese child , if one imagines him to have been_born in 1908 , was 52 and had until then been treated as an infant .

(The Detroit News,...)

The statement was also made that undoubtedly the railroad had received some compensating benefit from the telegraphers , but that it was difficult to imagine what could balance a job for life .

(The Atlanta Constitution...)

Imagine the searching and the prayer that lay behind the letter the rector wrote after almost a decade of service to this majestic church .


A graduate of Hollywood High_School , she likes to imagine herself , as she takes_the_floor , `` a village girl coming_in to a festival '' .

[ verb ] 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"

Used in print

(The Rev. John A. O'Brien, "Let's Take Birth Control...)

Instead of Catholics ' being obliged or even encouraged to beget the greatest possible number of offspring , as many non-Catholics imagine , the ideal of responsible parenthood is stressed .