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

There’s a whole lot of buzz about such possibilities, but David is the first to offer a cohesive vision of what scientists, industry, and the world’s space-faring governments have in mind. Meghan Herbst, WIRED, "A WIRED Booklover’s Guide to the Moon," 16 July 2019 In Marcus’ vision, states will montior Calibra as a money transmitter, with the Federal Trade Commission overseeing consumer protections. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Facebook tells Congress how it thinks Libra should be regulated," 15 July 2019 Trying to push everything together in some bold new vision for San Diego doesn’t change the reality on the ground, and trades the clear, self-evident needs of the existing residents for the lifestyle desires of potential future ones. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Downtown San Diego streets make way for protected bike lanes, causing excitement, confusion," 14 July 2019 Evidence isn’t strongly conclusive, but Mattel has acknowledged the need for a more inclusive vision of Barbie that acknowledges women of color, women with curves, and most recently, women with disabilities. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "The irony of Barbie’s David Bowie makeover," 12 July 2019 That low rates could feature in a leftish Utopian vision might come as a surprise today. The Economist, "Should egalitarians fear low interest rates?," 11 July 2019 Wynn’s map shows two gaping holes in its development vision: that MBTA bus complex, and the Exelon power plant site across the street. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Wynn offers investors a glimpse of Everett’s development potential," 11 July 2019 On staff at Dollywood, Rachel is forced to work with a handsome entertainment director who doesn’t quite see the magic in her vision for the holiday show. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Dolly Parton and Hallmark Are Teaming up for the Christmas Movie of Our Dreams!," 10 July 2019 Since that plan was developed, Recklaus said the village has received interest from the development community in participating in that vision. Elizabeth Owens-schiele, chicagotribune.com, "Landowner secures zoning changes for area near Arlington Heights and Algonquin roads, envisions ‘walkable’ mixed-use development," 1 July 2019

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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