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 visioning (audio) , ˈvizh-​niŋ \

Definition of vision (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from vision

Noun

visional \ ˈvizh-​nəl How to pronounce visional (audio) , ˈvi-​zhə-​nᵊl \ 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 Even long-only funds that liked Takeda CEO Christophe Weber’s vision had no incentive to buy the shares last year because Shire offered a cheaper way to take a stake in the Japanese drugmaker. Washington Post, "Japan Health-Care Stocks Shake Off a Sickly Phase," 18 Sep. 2019 Director Sandy Shinner’s vision of Bari experiencing a post-seizure euphoria along the lines of a hard drug trip makes perfect sense in the context of the script. Jerald Pierce, chicagotribune.com, "Shattered Globe’s ‘Be Here Now’: Can happiness be real if it’s caused by a brain tumor?," 16 Sep. 2019 For a few minutes, a glowing version of Ziolkowski’s vision was complete, at last, on the mountainside, and Crazy Horse’s hair flew behind him. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "Who Speaks for Crazy Horse?," 16 Sep. 2019 Plus, the Sox already went this route with Cherington, an Epstein acolyte who shared Theo’s vision for building from within but lacked his boldness or decisiveness. BostonGlobe.com, "The next great Red Sox team needs to be built to last by a team builder who will last.," 15 Sep. 2019 To promote this vision of divine oneness and social equality, Guru Nanak created institutions and religious practices. Simran Jeet Singh, The Conversation, "Why Sikhs wear a turban and what it means to practice the faith in the United States," 13 Sep. 2019 Barack Obama’s vision was not to leave 10 million people uncovered. Melissa Gomez, Los Angeles Times, "Castro to Biden: ‘Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago?’," 12 Sep. 2019 The result of a Guggenheim Grant and two years spent on the road with his family, the 1959 book unleashed a vision of the US notable for its unsentimental and foreboding tone. Johnny Simon, Quartzy, "Robert Frank exposed an America that Americans weren’t ready to see," 11 Sep. 2019 If Saban’s vision mirrors that, the team has work to do after Saturday’s 42-3 win against Duke. Christopher Smith, al, "Betting: Alabama must solve running game against New Mexico State," 2 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But Korff won’t hold off for the city’s visioning effort to be completed. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "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, BostonGlobe.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "Shaping River Forest's future: Residents invited to provide input on comprehensive plan," 10 Apr. 2018 Kowieski is on the visioning committee at the YMCA and has received positive feedback from the organization. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An entertainment center with a health and wellness component for teenagers in Oconomowoc gains interest," 29 Jan. 2018 Once the elder Deschain is murdered by the Man in Black, the Gunslinger’s tunnel visioned mission is clear. Jeremy Harriot, The Root, "The Dark Tower: Mediocre Marksmanship and Magical Negroes," 4 Aug. 2017 We Plan CLE, an outreach effort aimed at engaging residents in visioning the future of the city. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "We Plan CLE tour highlights challenges and aspirations for La Villa Hispana on Cleveland's West Side (photos)," 28 July 2017

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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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The first known use of vision was in the 14th century

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vision

noun
How to pronounce vision (audio)

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

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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