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 Other examples of bio-inspiration that visualize how artists and designers have utilized this approach throughout history are more literal. Wendy Moonan, Smithsonian, "How Biology Inspires Future Technology," 27 Aug. 2019 For example, Lauren Gohara makes a color-field painting out of three bar graphs that visualize the division of wealth in the United States. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: At two Washington spaces, art of a political caliber," 16 Aug. 2019 Now let’s try to visualize the mass of dark matter, compared to the mass of stars and gas. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Scientists weighed all the mass in the Milky Way galaxy. It’s mind-boggling.," 27 June 2019 While the app attempts to solve many of the challenges involved with trying to visualize art on a wall, the execution still has a ways to go. Michelle Higgins, New York Times, "Buying Art Doesn’t Have to Be Intimidating: Yes, There’s an App," 20 Feb. 2018 Thus doctors could potentially limit their exposure to the X-rays needed to visualize the tiny blood vessels inside the brain. David Freeman, NBC News, "This wormlike robot is made to wriggle through the human brain," 5 Sep. 2019 The women produced easy-to-visualize diagrams charting the movement of ivory, tying some 30 tons of ivory seizures to the Akashas. San Diego Union-Tribune, "How a San Diego AI company helped bring down an African crime boss," 24 Aug. 2019 To find out, Ntampaka and her team used a technique pioneered by Google’s DeepDream project, which enables humans to visualize what a deep-learning network is seeing. Anil Ananthaswamy, Scientific American, "Faced with a Data Deluge, Astronomers Turn to Automation," 21 Aug. 2019 The installation by artists Rob Jensen and Warren Trezevant is made up of a series of arches that combined light and sound to visualize the speed of sound. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "Sonic Runway coming back to downtown San Jose next year," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of visualize

1817, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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26 Oct 2019

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“Visualize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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How to pronounce visualize (audio)

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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