visionary

adjective
vi·​sion·​ary | \ ˈvi-zhə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce visionary (audio) \

Definition of visionary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having or marked by foresight and imagination a visionary leader a visionary invention
2a : of the nature of a vision : illusory
b : incapable of being realized or achieved : utopian a visionary scheme
c : existing only in imagination : unreal
3a : able or likely to see visions
b : disposed to reverie or imagining : dreamy
4 : of, relating to, or characterized by visions or the power of vision

visionary

noun
plural visionaries

Definition of visionary (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one having unusual foresight and imagination a visionary in the computer industry
2 : one whose ideas or projects are impractical : dreamer
3 : one who sees visions : seer

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Other Words from visionary

Adjective

visionariness \ ˈvi-​zhə-​ˌner-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce visionariness (audio) \ noun

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Adjective

imaginary, fanciful, visionary, fantastic, chimerical, quixotic mean unreal or unbelievable. imaginary applies to something which is fictitious and purely the product of one's imagination. an imaginary desert isle fanciful suggests the free play of the imagination. a teller of fanciful stories visionary stresses impracticality or incapability of realization. visionary schemes fantastic implies incredibility or strangeness beyond belief. a fantastic world inhabited by monsters chimerical combines the implication of visionary and fantastic. chimerical dreams of future progress quixotic implies a devotion to romantic or chivalrous ideals unrestrained by ordinary prudence and common sense. a quixotic crusade

How Should You Use visionary?

A visionary is someone with a strong vision of the future. Since such visions aren't always accurate, a visionary's ideas may either work brilliantly or fail miserably. Even so, visionary is usually a positive word. Martin Luther King, Jr., for instance, was a visionary in his hopes and ideas for a just society. The word is also an adjective; thus, for example, we may speak of a visionary project, a visionary leader, a visionary painter, or a visionary company.

Examples of visionary in a Sentence

Adjective

She is known as a visionary leader. He had a visionary experience.

Noun

She's a visionary in her field. according to Greek myth, Cassandra was a visionary who was endowed with the gift of inerrant prophecy but fated to never be believed
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Nicknamed the godmother of wellness, she was then married to Edmond Szekely, a renowned linguist, philosopher, psychologist, visionary, and natural-living mentor. Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Golden Door Is the World's Most Iconic Spa," 21 Dec. 2018 Succinct, visionary, and well under 15 minutes from start to finish! 8. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Rihanna, Celine, and That Versace Deal—The 10 Biggest Stories of the Spring 2019 Season," 5 Oct. 2018 In 2020, the Democrats will unleash a new candidate, an innovator, a visionary, a hero for the working class. Fox News, "Gutfeld: The more you damn Donald Trump, the better he gets," 12 Aug. 2018 As a veteran beauty visionary, McGrath’s name has been on industry insiders’ lips for a long time, and now with her white-hot range of cosmetics, the masses are in on the conversation, too. Baze Mpinja, Allure, "Why Self-Made Boss Pat McGrath Is an Invaluable Asset to the Beauty World," 23 July 2018 Jonah and Lisa's visionary and imaginative storytelling. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Westworld' Star on Finding "Loss And Love" in the Most Emotional Episode Yet," 10 June 2018 The Zero is visionary, and that vision is about keeping beautiful cars on the road in a post-petroleum world. WSJ, "1968 Jaguar E-Type Zero: Revamping the Vintage Roadster as an Electric Car," 5 Oct. 2018 Systrom was the product visionary and was hands-on even after bringing in other product execs to do more of the day-to-day execution. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Instagram’s co-founders, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, are leaving amid frustrations with parent company Facebook," 25 Sep. 2018 Case in point: The late Michael Jackson was viewed as an artistic visionary with otherworldly dance skills and an impeccable ear for music. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lady Gaga Didn't Need A Star Is Born to Be Taken Seriously," 28 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sir Michael Kadoorie, the charismatic elder statesman, heir, visionary of today's Peninsula Hotels—and storied car collector himself—sketched out the Quail, now in its 16th year, as a tonic to the storied, more formal dowager, the Concours. Alex Hitz, Town & Country, "The Quail Is the Highlight of Monterey Car Week," 6 Sep. 2018 There are so many visionaries making lists of these things. Douglas Macmillan, WSJ, "Astro Teller, ‘Captain of Moonshots’ at Alphabet’s X, Is on a Roll," 23 Oct. 2018 As creator and visionary of the Ralph Lauren brand worldwide, Mr. Lauren has been a vanguard for the global fashion industry and American style for nearly half a century. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Ralph Lauren Receives an Honorary Knighthood From the United Kingdom," 14 Nov. 2018 Freddie meets them by chance in a parking lot outside a gig and quickly becomes their frontman and artistic visionary. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Bohemian Rhapsody reduces Freddie Mercury’s vibrant life to a perfunctory slog," 2 Nov. 2018 The 600,000-square-foot building once was home to the International Shoe Company and has been transformed by visionaries and artisans into an urban playground complete with a cantina, barbecue joint, cafe, bar and sandwich shop for quick refueling. Kate Silver, chicagotribune.com, "You're going where? St. Louis," 19 June 2018 From former first lady Michelle Obama to the founders of Black Lives Matter and musical visionaries like Janelle Monae and Missy Elliot, these women have all inspired me in their own way. Ola Ojewumi, SELF, "I'm Celebrating My Disabled Black Girl Magic Because I'm Done Feeling Invisible," 7 Nov. 2018 Russell was no less a revisionist, emerging as the premier rebounder and shot blocker of his time and becoming the visionary of the Celtics’ fabled fast break. David M. Shribman, WSJ, "‘The Last Pass’ Book Review: Passing Acquaintances," 16 Nov. 2018 His success made him a member of the elite club of visionaries who truly changed the world, and his passions fueled a second career as one of the greatest philanthropists of all time. Sean Quinton, The Seattle Times, "‘A pioneer. A visionary. A good man’: The world reacts to death of Seattle business and sports mogul Paul Allen," 15 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of visionary

Adjective

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Noun

1702, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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visionary

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of visionary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having or showing clear ideas about what should happen or be done in the future
: having or showing a powerful imagination
: of or relating to something that is seen or imagined in a dream or vision (sense 3)

visionary

noun

English Language Learners Definition of visionary (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who has clear ideas about what should happen or be done in the future
: a person who has a powerful imagination
: a person who sees visions (sense 3)

visionary

noun
vi·​sion·​ary | \ ˈvi-zhə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce visionary (audio) \
plural visionaries

Kids Definition of visionary

: a person who has an exceptional ability to plan or have ideas for the future

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