vi·​su·​al·​ize ˈvi-zhə-wə-ˌlīz How to pronounce visualize (audio)
visualized; visualizing

transitive verb

: to make visible: such as
: to see or form a mental image of : envisage
trying to visualize the problem
: to make (an internal organ or part) visible by radiographic visualization

intransitive verb

: to form a mental visual image

Examples of visualize in a Sentence

She tried to visualize the scene he was describing. Before you swing, visualize yourself hitting the ball.
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Word History

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of visualize was in 1817

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Cite this Entry

“Visualize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


vi·​su·​al·​ize ˈvizh-(ə-)wə-ˌlīz How to pronounce visualize (audio)
visualized; visualizing
: to make visible
especially : to form a mental image of

Medical Definition


transitive verb
variants also British visualise
visualized also British visualised; visualizing also British visualising
: to make visible: as
: to see or form a mental image of
: to make (an organ) visible by radiographic visualization
visualize the gallbladder
: to prepare (as an organism or tissue) for microscopic examination especially by staining

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