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 vision (audio) , ˈvizh-​niŋ \

Definition of vision (Entry 2 of 2)

Other Words from vision

Noun

visional \ ˈvizh-​nəl , ˈvi-​zhə-​nᵊl How to pronounce vision (audio) \ 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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Make sure your decisions are aligned with the organization’s values and vision. Jacob Kupietzky, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 The essence of Russell’s peerless defense - the footwork, the shot-blocking, the maximizing of angles, peripheral vision and geometric dimensions on the court - was born on that tour. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 July 2022 The same was not true of parts of the brain tied to vision, suggesting sense of smell has a unique link to cognition in terms of structural differences. Kaitlin Sullivan, NBC News, 31 July 2022 And leading a smaller department required new skills of Cox; his authoritative yet soft-spoken demeanor sometimes failed to translate vision to action. Ivy Scott, BostonGlobe.com, 31 July 2022 Audiences see the aftermath through Ricky’s limited scope of vision, including his fixation on an upright shoe with a single drop of blood on it. Angie Orellana Hernandez, USA TODAY, 30 July 2022 The flight team had to suspend its search for the robbery suspect and switched to infrared vision to find the person pointing the laser. Matt Bruce, ajc, 30 July 2022 The beauty and power of Snyder’s cinematic vision are what matters most, but Rolling Stone’s allegation of showbiz treachery demonstrates how venal media operatives (always corporate allies) can be. Armond White, National Review, 29 July 2022 Here was a perfect distillation of McConnell’s political vision. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 29 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In 2019, under the guidance of Assembly Chair Felix Rivera, the Assembly hired Laurie Wolf to facilitate a series of three strategic visioning meetings to better define our goals for years 2019-2021. Anchorage Daily News, 28 Mar. 2020 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, 31 Jan. 2020 Nobody was more tunnel-visioned than Helton, who did not look up at the visitors. Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2019 But Korff won’t hold off for the city’s visioning effort to be completed. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, 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, 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, 23 July 2019 Upcoming dates: July 16, Aug. 20 (open house/visioning session), Sept 17, and Oct. 15. Karen Huppertz, ajc, 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, 10 Apr. 2018 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vision. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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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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