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I am not sure if there's a word for that, but I am pretty sure there's something, maybe not a word, but a sort of expression that means that or something similar. It doesn't have to fit a certain context, and I will just provide some examples to clarify what I mean.

For example:

The humorist used a joke that made the crowd ___, which made them laugh for a long minute or so.

The vivid description made me ___.

  • The vivid description enabled me to picture it (or visualize it). But I really don't think English would have a single word for the (intransitive, without an explicitly-specified "object") act of having / creating a picture in your mind (or being caused to be in that state). – FumbleFingers Apr 14 at 17:21
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The expression I'd use here is "to paint a picture in someone's mind":

The comedian made a joke which painted a picture in the crowd's minds, which made them laugh for a long minute or so.

The vivid description painted a picture in my mind.

(However, the first sentence, the one about the comedian, sounds a little weird, because it fails to describe the picture which the comedian "painted". Maybe it would sound better with context.)

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