vi·su·al·ize | \ˈvi-zhə-wə-ˌlīz, ˈvi-zhə-ˌlīz, ˈvizh-wə-ˌlīz\
visualized; visualizing

Definition of visualize 

transitive verb

: to make visible: such as

a : to see or form a mental image of : envisage trying to visualize the problem

b : to make (an internal organ or part) visible by radiographic visualization

intransitive verb

: to form a mental visual image

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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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The National Science Foundation grant will also support training undergraduates in visualizing cellular activity with new techniques., "GE’s Latin America CEO arrested in Brazil health care fraud probe," 5 July 2018 Even one million metric tons, the scale that this material traffics in every year, is hard to visualize in the abstract. Fortune, "China Just Handed the World a 111 Million Ton Trash Problem," 20 June 2018 Riley turns the dull art of cold-calling into a literal intrusion, visualizing Cash’s desk smashing through the ceilings of his customers, and turning his phone conversations into face-to-face confrontations. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Sorry to Bother You Is Fizzy, Flawed, and Fascinating," 6 July 2018 Though both of you visualize the issue well, your solutions could vary., "Horoscope," 10 June 2018 Blaffer Art Museum director Toby Kamps said Kalmenson is visualizing Russia’s transition from the Soviet era. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "Art Daybook: ‘Atlas’ holds up time," 6 June 2018 Watching these games and then visualizing college players in this context—particularly from an athletic standpoint—can really be enlightening. 19. Jeremy Woo,, "The G-League Showcase: 25 Early Observations from the Annual Event," 12 Jan. 2018 Polarizing filters help researchers visualize structures that might not be seen otherwise – from astronomical features to biological structures. Ann Elsner, Smithsonian, "Polaroid Inventor Edwin Land Gave Us More Than Just Instant Photos," 18 May 2018 Repeat your manifestation, visualize your goals, and feel the crystal absorbing your energy. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner’s Guide to Magickal Healing Crystals and What They Do," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of visualize

1817, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of visualize

: to form a mental picture of (someone or something)


vi·su·al·ize | \ˈvi-zhə-wə-ˌlīz \
visualized; visualizing

Kids Definition of visualize

: to see or form a mental image : imagine


transitive verb
variants: also British visualise \ˈvizh-(ə-)wə-ˌlīz, ˈvizh-ə-ˌlīz \
visualized also British visualised; visualizing also British visualising

Medical Definition of visualize 

: to make visible: as

a : to see or form a mental image of

b : to make (an organ) visible by radiographic visualization visualize the gallbladder

c : to prepare (as an organism or tissue) for microscopic examination especially by staining

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