1 form a picture of sth in your mind
ADV. clearly, easily, readily I could clearly imagine the scene in the office. | hardly, scarcely I could hardly imagine living in such a remote and desolate spot. | just She could just imagine her mother's look of horror. | actually I can't actually imagine her falling for that trick. | always I always imagined him following in his father's footsteps. | fondly, naively I had fondly imagined that riding a mule would be easy.
VERB + IMAGINE can/could (well) I can well imagine the atmosphere at home at this moment. | can/could not (possibly) There's more at stake here than you can possibly imagine. | try to | be difficult to, be hard to, be impossible to It is difficult to imagine Blackpool without its famous Tower. | be easy to
PHRASES let us imagine Let us imagine what really might have happened.
2 see/hear/think sth that is not true/does not exist
ADV. really, seriously You don't seriously imagine I'll agree to that? | almost I could almost imagine you were jealous. | actually | fondly, naively
VERB + IMAGINE be easy to
PHRASES be imagining things Had I really heard a noise, or was I just imagining things? | real or imagined He was always keen to avenge insults, real or imagined.