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.

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Scientists traditionally used physical models to visualize drugs. Nell Lewis, CNN, "Virtual reality is helping scientists discover new drugs," 25 June 2019 Some faculty say de la Torre needs to dial back on the rhetoric and provide clearer, more detailed information about her initiatives to help people visualize and evaluate her ideas. San Diego Union-Tribune, "SDSU president’s first year ends with praise, criticism, hope," 24 June 2019 The tech has proved popular with retailers, for example, including Target, Walmart, and Bed Bath & Beyond, each of which has incorporated AR features into its iPhone app to help shoppers visualize purchases. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "The Fall and Rise of VR: The Struggle to Make Virtual Reality Get Real," 20 June 2019 As Feuerbacher watched the infrared footage, which can visualize objects in the dark, a tiny pupfish larva smaller than a peppercorn flitted into the camera’s frame. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Brutal beetles kept world’s rarest fish from breeding—until now," 1 Mar. 2019 The photo was taken by Harvard University’s Dr. Tessa Montague with a confocal microscope, an instrument that allows researchers to use fluorescent molecules to visualize cellular structures. Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, "From Tears to Spider Embryos: Photos Reveal World’s Microscopic Wonders," 12 Oct. 2018 Tableau’s software helps visualize data as graphs, maps and charts, making them easier to interpret. Owen Thomas,, "Salesforce’s biggest deals: What, why and how much," 10 June 2019 The ability to visualize, reason, communicate, and manage relationships are just a few of the distinct intelligences humans possess—to varying degrees. Car and Driver, "2019 10Best Cars," 28 Nov. 2018 Watch this beautiful rendering that visualizes the evolution of Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam over its hundred-year history. Chris Clarke, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Amsterdam's Airport Grow Up From Nothing Right Before Your Eyes," 16 Sep. 2016

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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 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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to form ideas or theories about something

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