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 Chloroquine's side effects include seizures, nausea, vomiting, deafness, vision changes and low blood pressure. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine: what to know about the potential coronavirus drugs," 23 Mar. 2020 Other researchers, meanwhile, set up traps, cameras, and night-vision optics to look for cats and mice, which were introduced by whalers or sealers long ago and are known to eat seabird eggs and chicks. Eli Kintisch, Science | AAAS, "Why did nearly a million king penguins vanish without a trace?," 19 Mar. 2020 Walmart is redirecting its auto and vision center staff to store operations. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Walmart cuts store hours starting Thursday and closes auto centers," 19 Mar. 2020 The senior shopping period will start one hour before the store opens; pharmacies and vision centers will also be open. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Coronavirus update: Walmart changes hours again; Belk closing; Is it safe to open pool?," 19 Mar. 2020 Bottom line: Masa’s vision is one of the rarest in the world. Jason Kothari, Quartz India, "Merely observing Masayoshi Son during meetings is a lesson in decision making," 13 Mar. 2020 Using computer vision, the process where algorithms can derive meaning from digital photos or video, Orbital Insight can quantify the cars and trucks on the grounds of Tae Chul Industrial. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "You can see the impact of coronavirus from space," 11 Mar. 2020 Usually, firefighting pilots have to fly with night vision goggles, which often degrades depth perception, and aircrews also need additional help from a dedicated guide helicopter. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "A Vietnam Helo's New Robot Brain Will Help Fight a Different Kind of Enemy," 9 Mar. 2020 Under Miuccia Prada’s vision, the Miu Miu brand is quirky, unafraid to try new things and bold in all of her fashion choices. Kristen Bateman, Teen Vogue, "Miu Miu’s Star-Studded Runway Show Took Cues from Vintage Fashion," 9 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At 80, Larry Ginter, a longtime organizer who participated in November’s visioning session, isn’t old enough to remember the original New Deal. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "What the Green New Deal Could Mean for Iowa," 31 Jan. 2020 Nobody was more tunnel-visioned than Helton, who did not look up at the visitors. Los Angeles Times, "Urban Meyer and Reggie Bush are popular figures at USC-Utah game for good reason," 20 Sep. 2019 But Korff won’t hold off for the city’s visioning effort to be completed. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "Developer pitches mixed-use project at site of The Barn shoe store in Newton," 8 Aug. 2019 Landscape architect Christine Wilson of Copley Wolff Design Group created a conceptual design for the pocket park using community input, including through a site visit and a visioning workshop with nearby residents in the fall of 2018. John Laidler, BostonGlobe.com, "New neighborhood park coming to Framingham," 7 Aug. 2019 The plan was born out of a 2008 community visioning exercise conducted by the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "Parents seek sustainability policy to guide District 97 schools in being environmentally friendly," 23 July 2019 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

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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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The first known use of vision was in the 14th century

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28 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vision.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vision. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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vision

noun
How to pronounce vision (audio)

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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