visualize

verb
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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To visualize this, imagine looking at a swarm of fireflies in a frosted glass jar. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "The Sun Is Spitting Out Strange Patterns of Gamma Rays—and No One Knows Why," 28 Mar. 2018 Visitors could visualize soldiers' daily life during the war through the reconstruction of field kitchens, First Aid posts and command posts. Sylvie Corbet, Fox News, "Volunteers re-enact World War I encampment in Verdun, France," 25 Aug. 2018 Pereira visualized Risam's work by demarcating 113 ORR shelters, including nonprofit, religious, and government-run facilities, as black dots on the map. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "'ICE Is Everywhere': Using Library Science to Map the Separation Crisis," 25 June 2018 To visualize the process, picture key players filling seltzer bottles, putting on white-face, red noses, curly wigs, then piling into tiny cars. John Baer, Philly.com, "Welcome to Pennsylvania's budget season: A show void of value | John Baer," 3 June 2018 And here’s yet another cool way to visualize the seasons. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The winter solstice is Friday: 8 things to know about the shortest day of the year," 18 Dec. 2018 There is also a video that visualizes that feeling. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Loco Dice Breaks Down His 15-Track Album 'Love Letters': Exclusive," 5 July 2018 The result of their week of frantic research is Torn Apart / Separados, an interactive web site that visualizes the vast apparatus of immigration enforcement in the US, and broadly maps the shelters where children can be housed. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "'ICE Is Everywhere': Using Library Science to Map the Separation Crisis," 25 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of visualize

1817, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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visualize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of visualize

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

visualize

verb
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

visualize

transitive verb
vi·​su·​al·​ize
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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