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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Spend time visualizing your life but also attaching feelings and emotions to that vision. Carmen Rosy Hall, Vogue, "How Estelle Bailey-Babenzien Creates Calm Inside New York’s Coolest Menswear Shop," 27 Nov. 2018 The problematic route, which is visualized in the graphic above, was the result of China Telecom inserting itself into the inbound path of Verizon Asian Pacific. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Strange snafu misroutes domestic US Internet traffic through China Telecom," 6 Nov. 2018 Witch tip: Meditate while visualize a sparkling white orb around you to act as a protective shield. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Color Magick: A Beginner's Guide to Harnessing the Power of Every Color," 25 Sep. 2018 His job was taking data off of Mars and visualizing it for NASA. Recode Staff, Recode, "How bots amplify hoaxes and propaganda on social media," 2 Aug. 2018 By visualizing the virus in such detail, the researchers may find pockets on its surface where the drug molecules could attach. Emily Baumgaertner, New York Times, "High-Resolution Snapshot of Zika Virus Reveals Clues to Fighting It," 26 June 2018 They also are expected to understand the needs of the business that employs them to hone in on a question or problem, and explain and visualize whatever the data tells them. Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Northwestern Mutual partnering with UWM, Marquette to start data science institute," 20 June 2018 Reality home buying shows walk viewers through each step and visualize the experience. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Country Living, "Ladies' Home Journal Predicted America's Future Obsession with Real-Estate Reality TV In 1903," 14 July 2016 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

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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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