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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But live-action storyboards are usually drawn after the script is written, to figure out how to visualize sequences as scripted. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Why do so many animated films have great stories? One secret: storyboarding.," 20 Nov. 2018 Get directions and try to visualize the destination before turning the key. Philly.com, "Tips to get teens off their devices when they drive," 19 June 2018 In the same way that software lets designers painlessly visualize 3D objects, the Method is supposed to let designers touch them. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "MakerBot’s new 3D printer shows how much it’s changed in nine years," 11 Dec. 2018 First, explore the collections and visualize the designs, configurations, and fabrics in a 360 degree space. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "What You Should Know Before Buying Furniture From Interior Define," 31 Oct. 2018 For her segment of the Medicine Show, Brittany Young brought out two kids on dirt bikes to help the audience visualize the concept of her program, B-360. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Meet the People Empowering Baltimore Teens With Dirt Bikes, Burgers, and Yoga," 27 Aug. 2018 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

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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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