imagination Definition

  • 1the ability to form mental images or concepts of things that are not present in the physical world
  • 2the ability to be creative or resourceful

Using imagination: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "imagination" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Her imagination was sparked by the vivid colors of the sunset.

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    The author's imagination brought the characters to life.

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    Children have a wild imagination and can create entire worlds in their minds.

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    The artist used his imagination to create a unique and captivating piece of art.

imagination Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for imagination

Antonyms for imagination

Idioms Using imagination

  • to think creatively or come up with new ideas


    In order to solve this problem, we need to use our imagination.

  • to become overly excited or carried away with one's own thoughts or ideas


    Don't let your fears run away with your imagination.

  • play tricks with one's imagination

    to cause someone to imagine things that are not real or true


    The dark shadows in the room played tricks with her imagination.

Phrases with imagination

  • something that is imagined or invented rather than real


    The monster under the bed was just a figment of his imagination.

  • to be difficult to believe or imagine


    The idea that aliens exist may stretch the imagination of some people.

  • to interest or excite someone's imagination


    The movie captured the imagination of audiences around the world.

Origins of imagination

from Latin 'imaginatio', meaning 'a fancying, imagination'


Summary: imagination in Brief

The term 'imagination' [ɪˌmadʒɪˈneɪʃən] refers to the ability to form mental images or concepts of things that are not present in the physical world, as well as the ability to be creative or resourceful. It is exemplified by children's wild imagination and the artist's use of imagination to create captivating art. 'Imagination' extends into phrases like 'stretch the imagination,' denoting difficulty in believing or imagining, and idioms like 'use one's imagination,' encouraging creative thinking.

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