vision

noun
vi·​sion | \ˈvi-zhən \

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, ˈvizh-​niŋ \

Definition of vision (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from vision

Noun

visional \ˈvizh-​nəl, 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

After all, who would sit in a room with George Lucas and tell him his vision of Star Wars is bad? Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the franchise’s Attack of the Clones when it should be The Last Jedi," 27 Nov. 2018 When Christian Dior created his first collection, in the frigid winter of 1946, his vision was escapist. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Dior and His Decorators: How Two Interior Designers Created a “New Look” for the Home," 21 Sep. 2018 The Lusso is their vision of four-seat rapid transit, the ultimate anti-crossover. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Ferrari "Family Car" Still Spits Fire," 24 Aug. 2018 The vision of blueberries began in 1948 when Ernie and Alice Eenigenburg planted a few bushes on their small farm on the northwest side of DeMotte. Annie Alleman, Post-Tribune, "Berries are ripe for the picking at Northwest Indiana farms," 6 July 2018 That is how deep that dream – that particular vision, that goal – was. Mark Schmetzer, Cincinnati.com, "Glory Days: Colerain celebrates 40th anniversary of Ohio's best boys cross country team," 2 July 2018 Its vision, as a Catholic and Marianist liberal arts institution, is to become one of the finest private universities in the region, a gateway for graduates to professional lives as ethical leaders in Texas, the nation and the world. Community Report, Houston Chronicle, "Tarkington’s Files named to St. Mary’s dean list," 1 July 2018 Annual event celebrates and recognizes local Girl Scouts who have demonstrated extraordinary vision, achievement, and leadership. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Big July Calendar: Month is lit with fireworks, comic con and the Canyon County Fair," 28 June 2018 This camera comes with plenty of features to keep an eye on your home, with 1080p video and night vision providing a clear view and motion, sound, and vibration detection keeping it up to speed with movement in the room. Alexandria Haslam, PCWorld, "Save $40 when you buy Amazon's Fire TV Cube and Cloud Cam together," 1 Nov. 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 \

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 \

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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