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[vizh-uh n] /ˈvɪʒ ən/
the act or power of sensing with the eyes; sight.
the act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be:
prophetic vision; the vision of an entrepreneur.
an experience in which a personage, thing, or event appears vividly or credibly to the mind, although not actually present, often under the influence of a divine or other agency:
a heavenly messenger appearing in a vision.
Compare hallucination (def 1).
something seen or otherwise perceived during such an experience:
The vision revealed its message.
a vivid, imaginative conception or anticipation:
visions of wealth and glory.
something seen; an object of sight.
a scene, person, etc., of extraordinary beauty:
The sky was a vision of red and pink.
verb (used with object)
to envision, or picture mentally:
She tried to vision herself in a past century.
Origin of vision
1250-1300; Middle English < Latin vīsiōn- (stem of vīsiō) a seeing, view, equivalent to vīs(us), past participle of vidēre to see + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
visionless, adjective
2. perception, discernment. 4. apparition, phantasm, chimera.
Synonym Study
4. See dream. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for visioning
Historical Examples
  • It was a wonderful gift of visioning that was mine in those days.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • In spite of himself the boy sobbed, visioning his brother's face.

  • The individuality of it had him by the heart, beyond his powers of visioning.

  • To his cousin Roger, echoed Joy, visioning the corporal, why should it matter to him?

    The Lady of North Star Ottwell J. Binns
  • In spite of himself the boy sobbed, visioning his brothers face.

  • Bart Madison was visioning the fame that was to come to his friend.

  • And in her visioning of the future Nickolas Baird was a prominent figure.

    Nobody's Child Elizabeth Dejeans
  • This interruption to Johnnie's visioning was followed by a loud laugh, and the turning of the hall doorknob.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • Her hero was to be a young ardent reform candidate for governor, visioning big things which he could do with his power of office.

    The Dual Alliance Marjorie Benton Cooke
  • Missy, visioning the seductive scene of Tess's description, did not notice her aunt's sarcasm.

    Missy Dana Gatlin
British Dictionary definitions for visioning


the act, faculty, or manner of perceiving with the eye; sight
  1. the image on a television screen
  2. (as modifier): vision control
the ability or an instance of great perception, esp of future developments: a man of vision
a mystical or religious experience of seeing some supernatural event, person, etc: the vision of St John of the Cross
that which is seen, esp in such a mystical experience
(sometimes pl) a vivid mental image produced by the imagination: he had visions of becoming famous
a person or thing of extraordinary beauty
the stated aims and objectives of a business or other organization
(transitive) to see or show in or as if in a vision
Derived Forms
visionless, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Latin vīsiō sight, from vidēre to see
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Word Origin and History for visioning



late 13c., "something seen in the imagination or in the supernatural," from Anglo-French visioun, Old French vision (12c.), from Latin visionem (nominative visio) "act of seeing, sight, thing seen," from past participle stem of videre "to see," from PIE root *weid- "to know, to see" (cf. Sanskrit veda "I know;" Avestan vaeda "I know;" Greek oida, Doric woida "I know," idein "to see;" Old Irish fis "vision," find "white," i.e. "clearly seen," fiuss "knowledge;" Welsh gwyn, Gaulish vindos, Breton gwenn "white;" Gothic, Old Swedish, Old English witan "to know;" Gothic weitan "to see;" English wise, German wissen "to know;" Lithuanian vysti "to see;" Bulgarian vidya "I see;" Polish widzieć "to see," wiedzieć "to know;" Russian videt' "to see," vest' "news," Old Russian vedat' "to know"). The meaning "sense of sight" is first recorded late 15c. Meaning "statesman-like foresight, political sagacity" is attested from 1926.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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visioning in Medicine

vision vi·sion (vĭzh'ən)

  1. The faculty of sight; eyesight.

  2. The manner in which an individual sees or conceives of something.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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