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imagine

verb apprehend, assume, believe, compose, conceive, conclude, conjure, conjure up, contrive, create, deduce, delineate, depict, devise, dream, envision, expect, fabricate, fancy, gather, guess, ideate, improvise, infer, invent, judge, make up, opine, originate, picture, plan, presume, profess, regard, scheme, speculate, suppose, surmise, suspect, think, visualize
See also: compose, comprehend, conceive, conjure, contrive, deem, devise, expect, feign, gauge, guess, invent, opine, presuppose, pretend, profess, surmise, suspect, think

TO IMAGINE, Eng. law. In cases of treason the law makes it a crime to imagine the death of the king. In order to complete the offence there must, however, be an overt act the terms compassing and imagining being synonymous. It. has been justly remarked that the words to compass and imagine are too vague for a statute whose penalty affects the life of a subject. Barr. on the Stat. 243, 4. Vide Fiction.

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The experience of many individuals among us, who think it hardly worth the telling, would equal the vicissitudes of the Spaniard's earlier life; while their ultimate success, or the point whither they tend, may be incomparably higher than any that a novelist would imagine for his hero.
You may imagine, if you can, how Queen Metanira shrieked, thinking nothing less than that her dear child would be burned to a cinder.
Imagine that for this tete-e-tete dinner the creature had got himself up as if for a reception at court.
I set myself to copy it, and you can imagine my astonishment when I found that, with some reservations, he had left all his property to me.
We are not such free agents in the use of them as we sometimes imagine.
The fellow imagines that de Barral has got some plunder put away somewhere.
But he does not bind up truth in logical formulae,-- logic is still veiled in metaphysics; and the science which he imagines to "contemplate all truth and all existence" is very unlike the doctrine of the syllogism which Aristotle claims to have discovered.
If any one imagines that this law is lax, let him keep its commandment one day.
He imagines, perhaps, that the owner of this instrument of crime, the most terrible invented, is going to be found amongst those who are well-known in the slums of Paris who use it.
And this is said to me by my own sister, who imagines that.
He stopped, gazed ab- sently toward our dusky mass a minute, evidently thinking about something else; then set down his light, moved musingly toward the door, and before a body could imagine what he was going to do, he was out of the door and had closed it behind him.
How can Emma imagine she has any thing to learn herself, while Harriet is presenting such a delightful inferiority?