名词:imaginer 动词过去式:imagined 过去分词:imagined 现在分词:imagining 第三人称单数:imagines
1 [Tn, Tf, Tw, Tg, Tsg, Cn.a, Cn.pr, Cn.t] form a mental image of (sth) 想像, 设想（某事物）
*Imagine a house with a big garden. 设想有一所带大花园的房子.
* Imagine that you are in London. 想像一下你正在伦敦吧.
* Can you imagine what it would be like to live without electricity? 你能想像出生活中没有电会是一幅什么样的情景吗?
* She imagined walking into the office and telling everyone what she thought of them. 她想像自己走进办公室, 对每个人都说出自己对他们的看法.
* Imagine yourself (to be) rich and famous. 想像一下你又有钱, 又有名的情况.
2 [Tf, Tw, Tg, Tsg] think of (sth) as probable or possible 料想, 设想, 想到（某事物）
*I can't imagine that anyone cares what I do. 我想不出谁会关心我的所作所为.
* I can't imagine living (ie don't think I shall ever live) anywhere but England. 我很难设想能到英国以外的地方去生活.
* Would you ever have imagined him/his becoming a politician? 你怎能料想到他竟当上政治家了?
3 [Tn, Tf] suppose (sth); assume 猜想（某事物）; 认为
*I imagine (that) he'll be there. 我猜他会到那儿去.
[Date: 1300-1400; Language: French;Origin: imaginer, from Latin imaginari, from imago; IMAGE]
to form a picture or idea in your mind about what something could be like
Imagine that you have just won a million pounds.
Imagine life without hot water.
imagine what/how/why etc
Can you imagine what it's like when it's really hot out here in Delhi?
imagine sb doing sth
She could imagine dark-robed figures moving silently along the stone corridors.
(just) imagine doing sth
Imagine doing a horrible job like that!
Just imagine going all that way for nothing!
imagine sb/sth as sth
He didn't quite dare to imagine himself as a real artist.
imagine sb in/with/without etc sth
Somehow I can't imagine him without a beard.
it is difficult/easy/possible/impossible etc to imagine sth
After such a dry summer, it's difficult to imagine what rain looks like.
to have a false or wrong idea about something
Perhaps she'd never really been there at all - perhaps she'd just imagined it.
She had imagined that the doctor would be male.
I was surprised when I saw the farm. I had imagined it would be much bigger.
imagine sth/sb to be sth
There's nobody here. You're just imagining things .
[not in progressive]
to think that something is true or may happen, but without being sure or having proof
'A very complicated subject, I imagine,' said Edwin.
You are obviously tired and I imagine that nothing would make you admit it.
you can/can't imagine sth
BrE spoken used to emphasize how good, bad etc something is
You can/can't imagine how/what/why etc
You can imagine how angry I was!
You can't imagine what a terrible week we had.
1. Everything I was experiencing — the ride in the elevator, being in an apartment, eating day-old food that had been stored in a refrigerator — was such a good idea that I could imagine I would grow used to it and like it very much. 我现在所经历的每一样东西——乘电梯、住套房、吃那在冰箱里存放了一天的食物——都是我能想象得到的美妙东西, 以至于我认为我会慢慢地习惯，而且还会非常喜欢它们的。
2. We sometimes imagine a desert island to be a sort of paradise where the sun always shines. 我们有时想象荒岛是阳光终日普照的天堂。
3. The stars are so fiery hot that they give off great light and heat — more than the hottest, brightest fire you can imagine. 星星像火一样的灼热，释放大量的光和热——比我们所能想象的最热、最亮的火所发出的能量还要大。
4. They're too big, too forbidding, and I can't imagine feeling that I'm part of them, and that I'm in them. 它们太巨大了,令人生畏，很难设想我会感到我是他们中的一部分、而且还身在其中。
5. Nobody can imagine an end to numbers. 谁也想不出最终是个什么数。
6. High achievers, we imagine, were wired for greatness from birth. 在我们想像中，取得卓越成就的人一出生就注定会不平凡。
7. Sixty years! Can you imagine it? 六十个年头! 你能想象得到吗?
8. People are amazed at your "insight" because most are so vain (爱虚荣的) they can't imagine how much they have in common with the rest of the population. 他们会惊讶于你的"洞察力"，因为多数人太爱虚荣，以至想像不到自己实际和其他人一样平庸。
9. He can only imagine what his only child looks like now, as a teenaged honor student. 他惟一的孩子--一个10多岁的优等生--现在长什么模样，他只能想像了。
10. Neither the people who own stock in the company, nor the officers of the 220 banks that provided history's biggest loan, nor the 3,000 journalists trying to imagine three parallel tunnels beneath 100 feet of water and 130 feet of clay. 不论是公司的股票持有人，还是提供了历史上最大贷款的220家银行的官员们，或者是3,000名记者，都无一例外。记者们只可尽力想像水下100英尺、泥土下130英尺的三条并行的隧道的状况。