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English noun: imagination

1. imagination (cognition) the formation of a mental image of something that is not perceived as real and is not present to the senses

SamplesPopular imagination created a world of demons.
Imagination reveals what the world could be.

Synonymsimaginativeness, vision

Broader (hypernym)creative thinking, creativeness, creativity

Narrower (hyponym)dream, dreaming, fancy, fantasy, fictitious place, imaginary being, imaginary creature, imaginary place, mythical place, phantasy

2. imagination (cognition) the ability to form mental images of things or events

SamplesHe could still hear her in his imagination.

Synonymsimagery, imaging, mental imagery

Broader (hypernym)representational process

Narrower (hyponym)chimaera, chimera, dream, dreaming, envisioning, evocation, make-believe, mind's eye, picturing, pretence, pretense, vision

3. imagination (cognition) the ability to deal resourcefully with unusual problems

SamplesA man of resource.

Synonymsresource, resourcefulness

Broader (hypernym)cleverness, ingeniousness, ingenuity, inventiveness

Narrower (hyponym)armory, armoury, inventory

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