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noun British English pronunciation: imagination /ɪˌmædʒɪˈneɪʃ(ə)n/ 
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singularimagination
pluralimaginations
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the ability to think of clever and original ideas, possibilities, or solutions
    have the imagination to do something:

    They didn't have the imagination to deal with such complex problems.

    use your imagination:

    Try to use your imagination when planning main meals.

    lack of imagination:

    The speaker's visual aids showed a remarkable lack of imagination.

    1. a.
      the ability to form a picture, story, or idea in your mind
      vivid/fertile/overactive imagination (=a strong imagination):

      a child with a vivid imagination

    2. b.
      the ability to think, feel, or believe something that is not real or true

      Was he scared, or was it just my imagination?

      The problem was all in his imagination.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] a feeling of interest and excitement about something

    Part of my job is to try to stimulate the student's imagination.

    catch someone's imagination:

    Their policies have really caught the public's imagination.

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