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Imagine vs Worry - What's the difference?

imagine | worry |

As verbs the difference between imagine and worry

is that imagine is while worry is to seize or shake by the throat, especially of a dog or wolf.

As a noun worry is

a strong feeling of anxiety.




  • To form a mental image of something; to envision or create something in one's mind.
  • * Shakespeare
  • In the night, imagining some fear, / How easy is a bush supposed a bear!
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-14, author=(Jonathan Freedland)
  • , volume=189, issue=1, page=18, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Obama's once hip brand is now tainted , passage=Now we are liberal with our innermost secrets, spraying them into the public ether with a generosity our forebears could not have imagined . Where we once sent love letters in a sealed envelope, or stuck photographs of our children in a family album, now such private material is despatched to servers and clouds operated by people we don't know and will never meet.}}
  • To believe in something created by one's own mind.
  • To assume.
  • To conjecture or guess.
  • To use one's imagination.
  • (obsolete) To contrive in purpose; to scheme; to devise.
  • * Bible, Psalms lxii. 3
  • How long will ye imagine mischief against a man?

    Usage notes

    * This is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing) . See


    * (l)

    Derived terms

    * imaginable * imaginal * imaginary * imagination * imaginative




  • To seize or shake by the throat, especially of a dog or wolf.
  • Your dog’s been worrying sheep again.
  • To harass; to irritate or distress.
  • The President was worried into military action by persistent advisors.
  • Disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress.
  • Your tone of voice worries me.
  • To be troubled, to give way to mental anxiety.
  • Stop worrying about your test, it’ll be fine.
  • (transitive, obsolete, except in Scots) To strangle.
  • To cause concern or anxiety.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-10, volume=408, issue=8848, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Can China clean up fast enough? , passage=That worries the government, which fears that environmental activism could become the foundation for more general political opposition.}}


    * (trouble mentally) fret


  • A strong feeling of anxiety.
  • :
  • An instance or cause of such a feeling.
  • :
  • Derived terms

    * worried * worrisome