vi·sion | \ˈvi-zhən \

Definition of vision 

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1a : the act or power of seeing : sight

b : the special sense by which the qualities of an object (such as color, luminosity, shape, and size) constituting its appearance are perceived through a process in which light rays entering the eye are transformed by the retina into electrical signals that are transmitted to the brain via the optic nerve

2a : something seen in a dream, trance, or ecstasy especially : a supernatural appearance that conveys a revelation

b : a thought, concept, or object formed by the imagination

c : a manifestation to the senses of something immaterial look, not at visions, but at realities— Edith Wharton

3a : the act or power of imagination

b(1) : mode of seeing or conceiving

(2) : unusual discernment or foresight a person of vision

c : direct mystical awareness of the supernatural usually in visible form

4a : something seen

b : a lovely or charming sight


visioned; visioning\ˈvi-zhə-niŋ, ˈvizh-niŋ \

Definition of vision (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from vision


visional \ˈvizh-nəl, ˈvi-zhə-nᵊl \ adjective
visionally adverb

Examples of vision in a Sentence


We had visions of fame and fortune. the architect's vision for the new building She had a clear vision of what she wanted to do. He had a vision of Christ. The idea came to me in a vision.


visioned her idea of the perfect meal
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One of the couples’ two daughters has Wolf-Hirschorn Syndrome, and her hearing and vision issues, seizures, heart and kidney complications require round-the-clock care. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: 'ACA' removed from swaths of website, watchdog reports," 12 July 2018 One potential military application is replacing heavy batteries that charge the electronics on a soldier's gear, including things like lights, night-vision and communications gear. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Air Force's Iron Man suit could also be used to power up gadgets," 12 July 2018 Cassandra Snyder, the actress who plays Bland, applauds Rome's vision and willingness to create a space of discomfort and anger in which to discuss police brutality. Ariel Parrella-aureli, Chicago Reader, "365 Ways to Kill an American offers a new perspective on police brutality," 12 July 2018 Options: Include adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, surround vision and a panoramic sunroof. Al Haas,, "Refreshed for 2019, Buick Envision is roomy, comfortable, and quiet," 12 July 2018 My iPhone has machine vision and facial recognition, but nobody seems to think that my iPhone is having a conscious visual experience. Angela Chen, The Verge, "A neuroscientist explains why we need better ways to talk about emotions," 6 July 2018 After watching Christian television, Darbo has a vision and becomes a superhero to fight evil. Charles Stockdale And John Harrington, USA TODAY, "The 24 most forgettable superheroes in movies," 5 July 2018 BrainOS includes computer vision and artificial intelligence libraries to speed up robots’ abilities to learn their environment. Mike Freeman,, "San Diego's Brain Corp. invests in robotics startup to push its AI tech into new industries," 5 July 2018 The combination of his smarts and stickwork enabled him to make plays with good vision and a hard shot. Glenn Graham,, "2018 All-Metro boys lacrosse first and second teams," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Upcoming dates: July 16, Aug. 20 (open house/visioning session), Sept 17, and Oct. 15. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Grayson invites public to help shape comprehensive plan," 21 June 2018 River Forest residents are invited to provide their input at a visioning workshop that will help shape the village’s future with the creation of a comprehensive plan. Steve Schering,, "Shaping River Forest's future: Residents invited to provide input on comprehensive plan," 10 Apr. 2018 Kowieski is on the visioning committee at the YMCA and has received positive feedback from the organization. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An entertainment center with a health and wellness component for teenagers in Oconomowoc gains interest," 29 Jan. 2018 Once the elder Deschain is murdered by the Man in Black, the Gunslinger’s tunnel visioned mission is clear. Jeremy Harriot, The Root, "The Dark Tower: Mediocre Marksmanship and Magical Negroes," 4 Aug. 2017 We Plan CLE, an outreach effort aimed at engaging residents in visioning the future of the city. Steven Litt,, "We Plan CLE tour highlights challenges and aspirations for La Villa Hispana on Cleveland's West Side (photos)," 28 July 2017 In hindsight, Stephan was slow to comprehend how tunnel-visioned the case against Crowe’s brother and two friends was. Logan Jenkins,, "Summer time and the appointin' is going to be easy," 18 May 2017

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First Known Use of vision


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a


1743, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vision


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin vision-, visio, from vidēre to see — more at wit

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English Language Learners Definition of vision

: the ability to see : sight or eyesight

: something that you imagine : a picture that you see in your mind

: something that you see or dream especially as part of a religious or supernatural experience


vi·sion | \ˈvi-zhən \

Kids Definition of vision

1 : the sense by which the qualities of an object (as color) that make up its appearance are perceived through a process in which light rays entering the eye are transformed into signals that pass to the brain

2 : the act or power of seeing : sight

3 : something dreamt or imagined She had visions of discovering great treasures.

4 : exceptional ability to know or believe what should happen or be done in the future a leader with vision


vi·sion | \ˈvizh-ən \

Medical Definition of vision 

1 : the act or power of seeing : sight

2 : the special sense by which the qualities of an object (as color, luminosity, shape, and size) constituting its appearance are perceived through a process in which light rays entering the eye are transformed by the retina into electrical signals that are transmitted to the brain via the optic nerve

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