vi·​sion | \ ˈvi-zhən How to pronounce vision (audio) \

Definition of vision

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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 How to pronounce vision (audio) , ˈvizh-​niŋ \

Definition of vision (Entry 2 of 2)

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The mural, the vision of artist Ellen Griesedieck, measures 120 feet long, 48 feet high and up to 10 feet deep and has largely been created in sections by schoolchildren — over 15,000 of them, from every U.S. state. Christopher Arnott,, "Geoffrey Owens was in Connecticut to see a mural about the honor of work. The former Cosby Show actor reflects on acting and Trader Joe’s," 28 Apr. 2021 That vision of government has been at the heart of Biden’s first 100 days in office. Alana Abramson, Time, "Biden's 100-Days Bet: Big Government Can Win the Post-Trump Moment," 27 Apr. 2021 So was the offensive vision of new Longhorn coach Steve Sarkisian. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Texas spring game shows new HC Steve Sarkisian’s vision for Longhorns is a work in progress," 24 Apr. 2021 The mayor's vision is to have the boards and commissions truly represent the residents of St. Cloud. Jenny Berg, Star Tribune, "Q&A: As St. Cloud diversifies, Ghana native reaches new residents in city role," 22 Apr. 2021 Since starting the company, Porras' vision has been to create unique and coveted pieces for the modern woman, that can be worn season after season and are both current in their style and luxurious in their materials. Rosa Sanchez, Forbes, "22 Brands Discuss The Importance Of Ethics In Fashion, For Earth Day," 21 Apr. 2021 The ultimate vision is for a 20-team competition with 15 permanent members and five more qualifying through merit—as opposed to the current Champions League model of 32 teams all qualifying based on the previous season’s results. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "New Soccer Super League Moves to Head Off Bans and Legal Challenges," 19 Apr. 2021 The vision is for a vehicle that serves many purposes, like distributing recreational equipment — maybe Curry sneakers — and community needs, such as flu shots and health information. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Steph and Ayesha Curry's stunning impact on Oakland kids: 16 million meals in one year," 17 Apr. 2021 The vision for the Village could not be complete until the full continuum of care provided an assisted living facility for those whose needs fall between living independently and needing nursing home care. Hermine Saunders,, "Saunders: Youthful enthusiasm: History of Carroll Lutheran Village, part III," 11 Apr. 2021 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, "14 questions: Anchorage Assembly candidate Chris Constant," 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, "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,, "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,, "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,, "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,, "Shaping River Forest's future: Residents invited to provide input on comprehensive plan," 10 Apr. 2018

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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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“Vision.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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 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


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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