imagination


imagination
noun
ADJECTIVE
great
active, creative, fertile, lively, rich, strong, vivid
fevered, overactive, overheated, wild

It's just a product of your fevered imagination!

limited

a movie of such limited imagination

collective, popular, public

a popular hero who inspired the collective imagination

visual

I was no good at art—I have a very poor visual imagination.

artistic, cultural, historical, literary, musical, poetic, political, romantic

It requires a strong effort of historical imagination to understand the Roman attitude to death.

moral (esp. AmE), religious

an education that stimulates the moral imagination

human

the powers of the human imagination

pure
VERB + IMAGINATION
have
show
lack

Today's music lacks imagination.

require, take

It does not take great imagination to guess what happened next.

use

I don't have a picture of this, so you'll just have to use your imagination.

captivate, capture, catch, excite, feed, fire, fuel, grab (esp. BrE), ignite, inspire, seize, spark, stimulate, stir

19th-century writers fired the popular imagination with their tales of adventure.

engage, grip
haunt

The film haunted the imaginations of viewers.

exercise, stretch
defy

The scale of the disaster defied imagination (= was greater than you could imagine).

leave sth to

As for their reaction, I'll leave that to your imagination!

IMAGINATION + VERB
conjure sth up

His imagination conjured up a vision of the normal family life he had never had.

play tricks on you, run away with you, run riot (esp. BrE), run wild, work

Was it only her imagination playing tricks on her?

PREPOSITION
beyond (your) imagination

misery that is beyond most people's imagination

in the/your imagination

Nobody hates you—it's all in your imagination!

with imagination, without imagination

He was totally without imagination.

PHRASES
a lack of imagination
a figment of sb's imagination, a product of sb's imagination

The figure vanished as silently as if it had simply been a figment of her imagination.

by no stretch of the imagination, not by any stretch of the imagination

Not by any stretch of the imagination could she be called beautiful (= she was definitely not beautiful in any way).

with a little imagination

With a little imagination you can create a delicious meal from yesterday's leftovers.

a hold on the/sb's imagination

the Pyramids retain a remarkable hold on the human imagination.


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