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

The team has the authority to make its arrests based on the visions of three clairvoyant individuals who can see into the future. Wired, "Do Our Faces Deserve the Same Protection as Our Phones?," 10 Sep. 2019 The story involves a woman who, after surviving a serious accident, begins having visions of her late father. oregonlive, "TV This Week: ‘American Pickers’ in Oregon; ‘A Very Brady Renovation’; ‘The Deuce’; ‘Great British Baking Show’; ‘Undone’," 8 Sep. 2019 Computer vision is far from perfect and can be exploited in ways that would not fool a human observer. The Economist, "Artificial intelligence is changing every aspect of war," 7 Sep. 2019 The vision of Spirit of Joy Lutheran church is to spread the good news of Jesus Christ by reaching out to all people through worship, prayer, teaching, fellowship and service. Ramona Sentinel, "Spirit of Joy to kick off Sunday School season with Rally Day Tailgate for Youth," 6 Sep. 2019 Lindbergh's work with models like Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, and Cindy Crawford shaped contemporary fashion's vision of supermodels. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "'90s Supermodels Honor Prolific Fashion Photographer Peter Lindbergh on Instagram," 4 Sep. 2019 Family-friendly 5k race in Price Hill benefiting two non-profit organizations who share a vision of improving the quality of life for all families in the Price Hill community. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: Sept. 3-8," 3 Sep. 2019 Northview’s vision is to reach students with the Gospel by creating a fun environment with meaningful relationships and opportunities for mentorship by people in the church who are actively living out their faith. Bailey Basham, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana church brings family-focused values to Binford," 23 Aug. 2019 That vision is now well on its way to becoming a reality. James Bandler, ProPublica, "How Amazon and Silicon Valley Seduced the Pentagon," 22 Aug. 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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vision

noun

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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