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 These strategies can include helping students visualize their best possible selves or practice calming breaths. Sandra M. Chafouleas, The Conversation, "Bringing ‘behavioral vaccines’ to school: 5 ways educators can support student well-being," 8 Apr. 2021 For visual thinkers, a whiteboard can also be their most effective tool in sharing ideas, helping clients visualize a plan and bringing cohesion to nebulous tasks. Shannon Brooks, Forbes, "How To Overcome Our Tendency Toward Overcommunication In Remote Working Environments," 5 Apr. 2021 Each time, think about a different worry, visualize the best outcome and let go of the concern. Helen Bond, Dallas News, "Happiness hacks: Boost your mood with these tips," 31 Mar. 2021 So far, Eilish has directed six music videos, mini movies that visualize her imagination. Armond White, National Review, "Billie Eilish’s Teen Angst and Alienation," 24 Mar. 2021 Virtual reality represents a massive shift for neurosurgeons, who previously relied on two-dimensional images and their mind’s eye to visualize a case prior to surgery. cleveland, "Virtual reality giving MetroHealth neurosurgeons a chance to ‘pre-do’ brain surgery: Brain tech in Cleveland," 18 Mar. 2021 One option, and perhaps the easiest to visualize, would involve a digital token stored on your phone or some other piece of hardware, like a debit card. Gregory Barber, Wired, "As Digital Currency’s Popularity Rises, So Do Privacy Fears," 16 Mar. 2021 The new app is designed to help shoppers visualize how Kazi products will look in their homes. Meimei Fox, Forbes, "Kazi, The Largest Artisan Employer In Africa, Combats Poverty With Jobs," 5 Mar. 2021 The presentation is part of a nationwide effort to visualize the annual number of suicides, injuries and deaths by firearms in the U.S. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "DeKalb church displays 1,200 ‘soul boxes’ to remember Georgia’s gunfire victims," 18 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of visualize

1817, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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11 Apr 2021

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“Visualize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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