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Imagin(e, Ymagin(e, v. Also: imagyne, -ene, -ein, ymagyn(e, -ein. [ME. imagine (c 1426), ymagene (1377), -ine, -yn(e (1340), F. imaginer (1297), L. imāgināri, -āre.]

1. tr. To picture to oneself, conceive, imagine. a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 821.
Quha may ymagin the grevand gravité Of dedlie dome
Ib. 1350. 1490 Irland Mir. I. 108/19.
We may ymagin the hie maieste in godheid … sittand for juge
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 390.
I … in mynd ane other man ymagynit that I haid
1549 Compl. 48/26.
Ȝe sal ymagyn ane lyne that passis throucht the spere
1551 Hamilton Cat. 134.
God forbid that we ymagein God to be ane makar of his workis
1560 Rolland Seven S. 6554.
We thairfoir sall die The maist vyle deid that can imaginit be

b. To consider, ponder.Also intr. 1535 Stewart 31086.
The watchis … Grit wonder had vpone that cors to luke, .. Imaginand than quhat that cors suld mene
intr. 1549 Compl. 7/5.
Ymaginant vitht in the cabinet of my interior thochtis

2. To devise, as a fiction; to fabricate, invent. 1549 Compl. 22/34.
Fortune is … ane vane consait ymaginet in the bartis of onfaythtful men
1562-3 Winȝet I. 83.
Note heir thai ar compellit to … imagein a Kirk inuisibil

3. To devise, think out, contrive, scheme, plot. 1445 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 311.
To warn him … that sic thingis be ymaginit or spokin to be done againnis him
1456 Hay I. 259/19.
Gif a man chalangis his wyf that scho has ymagynit and devisit his dede
c1460 Wisd. Sol. 360.
Thar is na wyt of man that can ymagyne na dewys to gyf a resone for al thingis that God has maid
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 897.
Sathan, ..Imagenyng sum craftye wyle Quhow he mycht Adam best begyle
1568 Buch. Indict. 38.
Sche … euer … imaginit and devisit how to cut him away

b. intr. To take thought, cast about in the mind. 1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. i. 176.
Imagining … for sum defence In contrair sauage beistis

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