• im-ag-i-na-tion [i,maje'na sh en]


    the faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses: she'd never been blessed with a vivid imagination.
    -the ability of the mind to be creative of resourceful: technology gives workers the chance to use their imagination.
    -the part of the mind that imagines things: a girl who existed only in my imagination.

    ORIGIN Middle English: via Old French from Latin imaginatio(n-), from the verb imaginari 'picture to oneself,' from imago, imagin-, 'image.'

    1. a vivid imagination CREATIVE POWER, fancy, vision; informal mind's eye.
    2. you need imagination in dealing with these problems CREATIVITY, imaginativeness, creativeness; vision, inspiration, inventiveness, invention, resourcefulness, ingenuity; originality, innovation, innovativeness.
    3. the album captured the public's imagination INTEREST, fascination, attention, passion, curiosity.