vision

noun
vi·​sion | \ ˈvi-zhən How to pronounce vision (audio) \

Definition of vision

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

vision

verb
visioned; visioning\ ˈvi-​zhə-​niŋ How to pronounce visioning (audio) , ˈvizh-​niŋ \

Definition of vision (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from vision

Noun

visional \ ˈvizh-​nəl How to pronounce visional (audio) , ˈvi-​zhə-​nᵊl \ adjective
visionally adverb

Examples of vision in a Sentence

Noun

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.

Verb

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

The designer's vision under the 205W39NYC brand was reportedly too luxe for Calvin Klein's core customers, who preferred the brand's denim, underwear, and fragrance divisions. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Calvin Klein Is Reportedly Shutting Down Its Runway Collection," 6 Mar. 2019 Repairing rather than replacing doesn’t always work well enough to restore vision. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "A Vision Quest," 6 Mar. 2019 Every day one is confronted by words and visions of human misery. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Lee Radziwill's Best Quotes on Life, Regrets, and Beauty," 16 Feb. 2019 The long-term vision is millions of people living and working in space. Nicolas Vega, Fox News, "Jeff Bezos' space company set to launch," 28 Sep. 2018 Since electrolytes such as calcium and sodium are crucial to several body functions, an imbalance can cause dizziness, fainting, blurry vision, and even death, Dr. Wider explains. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Things You Need To Know About Using Laxatives For Weight Loss," 2 Jan. 2019 The biggest issue is that the original Hellboy fans really wanted a third film to continue del Toro's signature vision and legacy. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Big Red’s Right Hand of Doom is back in fiery new Hellboy trailer," 20 Dec. 2018 Enoura Observatory opened in the fall of 2017 and is the vision and creation of the renowned contemporary artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, who is perhaps best known for his moody portraits of the sea, horizon, and sky. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places Our Travel Specialists Say You Should Go in 2019," 17 Dec. 2018 According to Alberth, Elliott saw the vision of the event and wanted to be part of it as an owner, starting with an NFFC football camp with several other Cowboys in Mexico in April. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "Cowboys star joins Tony Romo as co-owner of fantasy football convention in Fort Worth," 11 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, chicagotribune.com, "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, cleveland.com, "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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Summer time and the appointin' is going to be easy," 18 May 2017

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First Known Use of vision

Noun

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

Verb

1743, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vision

Noun

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

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vision

noun

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

vision

noun
vi·​sion | \ ˈvi-zhən How to pronounce vision (audio) \

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

vision

noun
vi·​sion | \ ˈvizh-ən How to pronounce vision (audio) \

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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