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


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

But Einride has a bolder vision that includes off-roading and heavy-duty cargo. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "This electric driverless logging truck can carry up to 16 tons of timber," 12 July 2018 In speeches and letters, Grinberg expressed his vision for a haven where displaced Jews could rehabilitate physically and spiritually and rebuild the Jewish community. Emanuella Grinberg, Smithsonian, "When a Bavarian Monastery Provided a Home to Jewish Refugees," 11 July 2018 Alcon has a vision for its future, and Fort Worth is a focal point of it. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "No need to shed tears yet. Alcon promises to stay in Fort Worth after spinoff," 9 July 2018 In everyday life, as the eyes do their usual darting around, the brain switches our vision off for the fraction of a second that the eye is moving. Daniel Glaser, A-LIST, "Out of Your Mind," 1 July 2018 What’s his vision for where Twitter’s product should go? Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Twitter is replacing its head of product again. Again.," 28 June 2018 The airport created a master plan for the airport and surrounding land, and has a vision that the airport will become a mix of industrial and commercial uses. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "New Amazon center near airport to bring 1,500 jobs, $200 million investment," 25 June 2018 International Smoke had its beginnings as a pop-up concept between Mina and Curry – a shared vision about global approaches to dishes touched by smoke and fire. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "International Smoke at CityCentre sets July 5 opening," 18 June 2018 The attacking midfielder is technically gifted, fast and has tremendous vision on the field., "20 players that could be breakout stars at the 2018 FIFA World Cup," 13 June 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'vision.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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