vision

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noun

vi·​sion ˈvi-zhən How to pronounce vision (audio)
1
a
: the act or power of seeing : sight
b
: the special sense by which the qualities of an object (such as color, luminosity, shape, and size) constituting its appearance are perceived through a process in which light rays entering the eye are transformed by the retina into electrical signals that are transmitted to the brain via the optic nerve
2
a
: something seen in a dream, trance, or ecstasy
especially : a supernatural appearance that conveys a revelation
b
: a thought, concept, or object formed by the imagination
c
: a manifestation to the senses of something immaterial
look, not at visions, but at realitiesEdith Wharton
3
a
: the act or power of imagination
b(1)
: mode of seeing or conceiving
(2)
: unusual discernment or foresight
a person of vision
c
: direct mystical awareness of the supernatural usually in visible form
4
a
: something seen
b
: a lovely or charming sight
visional
ˈvizh-nəl
ˈvi-zhə-nᵊl How to pronounce vision (audio)
adjective
visionally adverb

vision

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verb

visioned; visioning ˈvi-zhə-niŋ How to pronounce vision (audio)
ˈvizh-niŋ

Examples of vision in a Sentence

Noun We had visions of fame and fortune. the architect's vision for the new building She had a clear vision of what she wanted to do. He had a vision of Christ. The idea came to me in a vision. Verb visioned her idea of the perfect meal See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Camera and optical implants could improve our vision and make the decline of eyesight in old age a thing of the past. Bernard Marr, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 Many of the winners enthused about Lanthimos’ creative, risk-taking vision in their acceptance speeches, although the director himself didn’t win. Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, 19 Feb. 2024 In the script, the characters talk about that fine line between authenticity and kitsch that can only be achieved when everything is balanced just right, so that the work of art is true to the artist’s vision but simple and clear enough that an audience can easily comprehend it. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Feb. 2024 But every year around the world there are always new films that prove that the fight for good, complex films with their own vision is worth it. Ed Meza, Variety, 18 Feb. 2024 Sport utility vehicles are increasingly popular because of their good overall vision and their stuff-hauling capacities. James Raia, The Mercury News, 18 Feb. 2024 The study was conducted by The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University, and paints a crystal-clear vision of the vulnerabilities faced by Black and Latinx families in pursuit of a higher education. A. Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez, Parents, 16 Feb. 2024 Dan will lend his respected industry depth and strategic vision to an all-star board. Kansas City Star, 7 Feb. 2024 Story continues below advertisement The fight between these competing visions erupted at a Board of Supervisors meeting in September, where residents clashed for over an hour over paving a handful of roads — including just 300 feet of one. Jayne Orenstein, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2024
Verb
In 2019, under the guidance of Assembly Chair Felix Rivera, the Assembly hired Laurie Wolf to facilitate a series of three strategic visioning meetings to better define our goals for years 2019-2021. Anchorage Daily News, 28 Mar. 2020 At 80, Larry Ginter, a longtime organizer who participated in November’s visioning session, isn’t old enough to remember the original New Deal. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 31 Jan. 2020 Nobody was more tunnel-visioned than Helton, who did not look up at the visitors. Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2019 But Korff won’t hold off for the city’s visioning effort to be completed. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Aug. 2019 Landscape architect Christine Wilson of Copley Wolff Design Group created a conceptual design for the pocket park using community input, including through a site visit and a visioning workshop with nearby residents in the fall of 2018. John Laidler, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Aug. 2019 The plan was born out of a 2008 community visioning exercise conducted by the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, 23 July 2019 Upcoming dates: July 16, Aug. 20 (open house/visioning session), Sept 17, and Oct. 15. Karen Huppertz, ajc, 21 June 2018 River Forest residents are invited to provide their input at a visioning workshop that will help shape the village’s future with the creation of a comprehensive plan. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, 10 Apr. 2018 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin vision-, visio, from vidēre to see — more at wit

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Verb

1743, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vision was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Vision.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vision. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

vision

1 of 2 noun
vi·​sion ˈvizh-ən How to pronounce vision (audio)
1
a
: something seen in the mind (as during a dream)
b
: a vivid picture created by the imagination
c
: ghost
2
a
: the act or power of imagination
b
: unusual ability to think or plan ahead
people with vision building for the future
3
a
: the act or power of seeing : sight
b
: the sense by which the qualities of an object (as color, shape, and size) are perceived through a process in which light rays entering the eye are transformed into signals that pass to the brain
4
: something seen
especially : a lovely or charming sight

vision

2 of 2 verb
visioned; visioning ˈvizh-niŋ How to pronounce vision (audio)
-ə-niŋ
: imagine sense 1
couldn't vision it happening
Etymology

Noun

Middle English vision "something seen in a dream or trance," from early French vision (same meaning), from Latin vision-, visio (same meaning), derived from vidēre "to see" — related to clairvoyance, evident, provide, supervise, visit

Medical Definition

vision

noun
vi·​sion ˈvizh-ən How to pronounce vision (audio)
1
: the act or power of seeing : sight
2
: the special sense by which the qualities of an object (as color, luminosity, shape, and size) constituting its appearance are perceived through a process in which light rays entering the eye are transformed by the retina into electrical signals that are transmitted to the brain via the optic nerve

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