Definition of 'imaginary'
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He has imaginary friends I guess. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Could this be the season in which referees finally get tough on players brandishing imaginary cards? Times, Sunday Times (2011)Successful imaginary worlds ask complex questions about identity and moral choice. Times, Sunday Times (2007)It offers none of the echoes of reality you find in the best imaginary worlds. Times, Sunday Times (2008)They are apt to see the illness as something to punish them for some real or imaginary wrongdoing. Christianity Today (2000)The selective advantage that resulted from this ability to construct vivid and persuasive imaginary worlds must have been enormous. The Runaway Brain: the Evolution of Human Uniqueness (1993)She sits up, laughs and plays games with her imaginary friends. The Sun (2009)What is people's problem with the imaginary card? Times, Sunday Times (2011)He did hold grudges, whether real or imaginary. Provided You Don't Kiss Me: 20 Years with Brian Clough (2007)If the imaginary card comes out, the referee puts his real one away. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Belief in esoteric wisdom spawned esoteric societies, real or imaginary. Times, Sunday Times (2006)She lived in a bit of an imaginary world, she says. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Far better to stand next to a cupboard door and have a one-sided conversation with an imaginary partner. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Their imaginary conversation is great. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The waving of imaginary cards. Times, Sunday Times (2011)I don't like players waving imaginary cards at officials to get an opponent in trouble. The Sun (2015)Stories encompass both world wars, the home front and the trenches, realism and imaginary friends. Times, Sunday Times (2014)
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Translations for 'imaginary'
British English: imaginary /ɪˈmædʒɪnərɪ; -dʒɪnrɪ/ ADJECTIVE
An imaginary person, place, or thing exists only in your mind or in a story, and not in real life.
Lots of children have imaginary friends.
- American English: imaginary
- Arabic: خَيَالِيٌّ
- Brazilian Portuguese: imaginário
- Chinese: 假想的
- Croatian: izmišljen
- Czech: pomyslný
- Danish: indbildt
- Dutch: denkbeeldig
- European Spanish: imaginario
- Finnish: kuviteltu
- French: imaginaire
- German: imaginär
- Greek: φανταστικός
- Italian: immaginario
- Japanese: 想像の
- Korean: 상상의
- Norwegian: innbilt
- Polish: urojony
- European Portuguese: imaginário
- Romanian: imaginar
- Russian: воображаемый
- Spanish: imaginario
- Swedish: inbillad
- Thai: มีอยู่แต่ในความนึกคิด
- Turkish: hayali
- Ukrainian: уявний
- Vietnamese: không có thật
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