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  ( imagines    3rd person present)   ( imagining    present participle)   ( imagined    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you imagine something, you think about it and your mind forms a picture or idea of it.  
He could not imagine a more peaceful scene...      V n/-ing  
Can you imagine how she must have felt when Mary Brent turned up with me in tow?...      V wh  
Imagine you're lying on a beach, listening to the steady rhythm of waves lapping the shore...      V that  
I can't imagine you being unfair to anyone, Leigh.      V n -ing/prep  
2       verb   If you imagine that something is the case, you think that it is the case.   (=suppose)  
I imagine you're referring to Jean-Paul Sartre...      V that  
`Was he meeting someone?'—`I imagine so.'      V so/not  
3       verb   If you imagine something, you think that you have seen, heard, or experienced that thing, although actually you have not.   (=dream)  
I realised that I must have imagined the whole thing.      V n, Also V that  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


1    conceive, conceptualize, conjure up, create, devise, dream up     (informal)   envisage, fantasize, form a mental picture of, frame, invent, picture, plan, project, scheme, see in the mind's eye, think of, think up, visualize  
2    apprehend, assume, believe, conjecture, deduce, deem, fancy, gather, guess     (informal, chiefly U.S. & Canad.)   infer, realize, suppose, surmise, suspect, take for granted, take it, think  

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