vi·​su·​al·​ize | \ ˈvi-zhə-wə-ˌlīz How to pronounce visualize (audio) , 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

Examples of visualize in a Sentence

She tried to visualize the scene he was describing. Before you swing, visualize yourself hitting the ball.
Recent Examples on the Web Google Maps users will soon be able to get a real-world view of certain cities via a 3D view of popular sights, restaurants and businesses in order to better visualize the space. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, 11 May 2022 Design, manufacturing, and labor processes can be easily optimized with the ability to visualize every aspect of production. Daniel Fallmann, Forbes, 3 May 2022 On the upside, your ability to visualize or imagine something is excellent. Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2021 September and October can bring inspiring ideas and the ability to visualize a more comfortable future. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 12 Aug. 2021 Lidar sensors, like the one atop the Concept Recharge, will supplement radar and traditional cameras to improve the precision of the car's ability to visualize the environment around it. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 30 June 2021 The purpose of updating the whiteboard is to help users visualize collaboratively in an easier, more user-friendly way. Gene Marks, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 Be specific and take time to visualize it in detail. Nick Owchar, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Renderings visualize a sleek, single-story modern estate with 18,590 square feet of interior living space and 29,235 square feet under roof. Spencer Elliott, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of visualize

1817, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Visualize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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vi·​su·​al·​ize | \ ˈvi-zhə-wə-ˌlīz How to pronounce visualize (audio) \
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 How to pronounce visualize (audio) \
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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