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

Choose the Right Synonym for visionary

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

On Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight, creator and executive producer del Toro will bring his own visionary style as both a writer and director to certain episodes. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "Guillermo Del Toro Is Going to Haunt Your Netflix Account in a New Anthology Series," 15 May 2018 The event also served as a fitting tribute to one of its patrons and guiding forces: famed baritone and visionary voice teacher William B. Ray. Mary Johnson, baltimoresun.com, "Annapolis Opera's 30th vocal competition is tribute to local talent, and its legion of supporters," 2 May 2018 Jo posed for a picture with Gabrielle, the visionary behind the site Design Mom, and shared the shot to Instagram. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines Finally Met the Woman Who's Responsible for 'Fixer Upper'," 7 Apr. 2019 This arrangement can work when control is placed in the hands of a genuinely visionary and effective founder. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Hype and plunder: This high-tech company may be setting a new low for self-indulgent IPOs," 4 June 2018 These visionary leaders creating radical change, fast. Maia Wikler, Teen Vogue, "5 Youth-Led Climate Justice Groups Helping to Save the Environment," 28 Mar. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That’s the dream of certain Silicon Valley technologists and visionaries. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "We Are a Homicidal Species," 2 Nov. 2018 Inspired by Serge Lutens, a makeup artist, photographer, filmmaker, and visionary who served as the creative director for brands like Dior and Shiseido, Lottie decided to combine her graphic design experience with her love for beauty. Amber Kallor, Allure, "How Lottie Went From Being an Accountant to an A-List Makeup Artist," 20 Sep. 2018 And the visionary's vote of confidence in the 25-year-old wunderkind has, indeed, proven fruitful. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This A$AP Rocky–Approved Artist Brought His Eye to NARS’s Latest Must-Have Makeup Collection," 27 Feb. 2019 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

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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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