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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Compared to a five-year-old laptop, Intel’s new vPro chips can analyze and visualize data 44 percent faster. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel's faster 10th-gen vPro processors batten down the hatches of business PCs," 13 May 2020 But art can help them visualize how to beat the stuff that scares them. Rebecca Renner, National Geographic, "Kids are having pandemic dreams too," 11 May 2020 To help people visualize what might have happened to Bocks, The Enquirer and USA Today's storytelling studio designed a graphic novel illustrating the main theories often invoked to explain the mystery. The Enquirer,, "Accused podcast named honoree in Webby Awards," 28 Apr. 2020 Photographs of stunning spaces, including tiny front porches with a vertical plant stand and mini herb table, help readers visualize her concepts. Sally Peterson, oregonlive, "‘Gardening Your Front Yard’ book expands home farms to porches, patches of lawns," 15 Apr. 2020 Talented artists such as Toriyama Sekien, his disciple Kitagawa Utamaro, and even the great Hokusai regularly produced yokai art based on folklore or literature, charming readers by visualizing what had, to that point, been invisible. Matt Alt, The New Yorker, "From Japan, a Mascot for the Pandemic," 9 Apr. 2020 By visualizing the coronavirus’s behavior in detail, Amaro wants to identify its structural vulnerabilities. Sophia Chen, Wired, "To Beat Covid-19, Scientists Try to 'See' the Invisible Enemy," 8 Apr. 2020 Yet in the past decade, a mix of commercial, nonprofit, and government enterprises have used big data to help us understand and visualize increasingly complicated problems. Kristina Libby, Popular Mechanics, "The Data Decade: How We Were Bought and Stolen in the 2010s," 10 Dec. 2019 Maybe Bradford’s desire to visualize multiple voices ties back to his early biography in the hair salon, where a communal socializing was certainly present. Matthew Bourbon, Dallas News, "Artist Mark Bradford finds allure in the everyday detritus of the world," 22 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of visualize

1817, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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24 May 2020

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“Visualize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce visualize (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of visualize

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


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 visualise (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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