vi·​sion | \ ˈvi-zhən How to pronounce vision (audio) \

Definition of vision

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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


visioned; visioning\ ˈvi-​zhə-​niŋ How to pronounce visioning (audio) , ˈvizh-​niŋ \

Definition of vision (Entry 2 of 2)

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visional \ ˈvizh-​nəl , ˈvi-​zhə-​nᵊl How to pronounce visional (audio) \ 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 new vision for joint activities and training between the union and company is contained in a memorandum of understanding on the FCA-UAW Center for Employee Development, which was included with the 2019 labor contract documentation. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Training center in UAW scandal has big price tag, but will its role change?," 29 Nov. 2020 While there is work ahead, the vision is clear, and tomorrow’s generations will enjoy a natural habitat that will eventually extend from coast to crest and even beyond to the sands of Anza-Borrego. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Habitat restoration helps connect man, nature," 28 Nov. 2020 For the vision to become a reality, Newsom's order will have to survive the inevitable lawsuits and possible interference from future presidential administrations. John Voelcker, Car and Driver, "California Dreams of an EV-Only Future," 25 Nov. 2020 The Cessna was flown by police officers conducting aerial surveillance, the statement said, and Robinson’s pointer struck the aircraft at least twice, disrupting the pilot’s vision. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "Woman pleads guilty after aiming laser pointer at police aircraft during protest," 24 Nov. 2020 The vision of ousting Donald Trump has been wildly attractive, drawing 79 million votes, more Americans than ever voted for anything. Christopher Caldwell, The New Republic, "The Biden Popular Front Is Doomed to Unravel," 23 Nov. 2020 Instead, Steve gets one final glimpse of Hawking whimpering sadly at his beloved master before the vision fades. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Synchronic is a time-bending slow burn of a sci-fi thriller," 22 Nov. 2020 How quickly the vision will unfold depends not only on financing but the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "Next act for Hartford’s Parkville Market: gaming space, sports bar, rooftop terrace and revival of the Hanging Hills Brewery," 18 Nov. 2020 Public art installations along Wheelock Parkway will fit into a larger theme of birds and migration — the Grand Round vision of City Artist Aaron Dysart, who's employed by the nonprofit Public Art St. Paul and embedded within the city. Emma Nelson, Star Tribune, "St. Paul will pay for public art along Wheelock Pkwy.," 16 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In 2019, under the guidance of Assembly Chair Felix Rivera, the Assembly hired Laurie Wolf to facilitate a series of three strategic visioning meetings to better define our goals for years 2019-2021. Anchorage Daily News, "14 questions: Anchorage Assembly candidate Chris Constant," 28 Mar. 2020 At 80, Larry Ginter, a longtime organizer who participated in November’s visioning session, isn’t old enough to remember the original New Deal. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "What the Green New Deal Could Mean for Iowa," 31 Jan. 2020 Nobody was more tunnel-visioned than Helton, who did not look up at the visitors. Los Angeles Times, "Urban Meyer and Reggie Bush are popular figures at USC-Utah game for good reason," 20 Sep. 2019 But Korff won’t hold off for the city’s visioning effort to be completed. John Hilliard,, "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,, "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,, "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,, "Shaping River Forest's future: Residents invited to provide input on comprehensive plan," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of vision


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a


1743, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vision


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

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“Vision.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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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


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


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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