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vision

noun vi·sion \ ˈvi-zhən \

Definition of vision

1 a :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
2 a :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
3 a :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
4 a :something seen
b :a lovely or charming sight

visional

play \ˈvizh-nəl, ˈvi-zhə-nᵊl\ adjective

visionally

adverb

Examples of vision in a Sentence

  1. We had visions of fame and fortune.

  2. the architect's vision for the new building

  3. She had a clear vision of what she wanted to do.

  4. He had a vision of Christ.

  5. The idea came to me in a vision.

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Origin and Etymology of vision

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin vision-, visio, from vidēre to see — more at wit


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vision

verb

Definition of vision

visioned; visioning play \ˈvi-zhə-niŋ, ˈvizh-niŋ\
transitive verb

Examples of vision in a Sentence

  1. visioned her idea of the perfect meal

Recent Examples of vision from the Web

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First Known Use of vision

1743



VISION Defined for English Language Learners

vision

noun

Definition of vision for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

vision

noun vi·sion \ ˈvi-zhən \

Definition of vision for Students

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

Word Root of vision

The Latin word vidēre, meaning “to see”, and its form vīsis give us the roots vid and vis. Words from the Latin vidēre have something to do with seeing. Anything visible is able to be seen. Something evident is able to be seen, sensed, or understood. The video part of a television is the part that is seen, as opposed to the part that is heard. Vision is the ability to see. To visit is to go somewhere to see someone.


Medical Dictionary

vision

noun 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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