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[vizh-oo-uh-lahyz] /ˈvɪʒ u əˌlaɪz/
verb (used without object), visualized, visualizing.
to recall or form mental images or pictures.
verb (used with object), visualized, visualizing.
to make visual or visible.
to form a mental image of.
to make perceptible to the mind or imagination.
Also, especially British, visualise.
Origin of visualize
First recorded in 1810-20; visual + -ize
Related forms
visualizable, adjective
visualization, noun
visualizer, visualist, noun
nonvisualized, adjective
revisualization, noun
revisualize, verb, revisualized, revisualizing.
unvisualized, adjective
well-visualized, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • For him a true poet must visualise the whole psychic care of his time.

    mile Verhaeren Stefan Zweig
  • She refused to visualise a thing she could not understand, and she found strength.

    Yonder Emily Hilda Young
  • If a spider were to visualise numerals, we might expect he would do so in some web-shaped fashion, and a bee in hexagons.

  • The imagination of the practical hardware merchant could not visualise it.

    Carolyn of the Corners Ruth Belmore Endicott
  • I have also questioned many of my own friends in general terms as to whether they visualise numbers in any particular way.

  • Perhaps you have tried to visualise old New York as hard as I have tried.

    Greenwich Village Anna Alice Chapin
  • Even in London a man saw and heard and was able, if he had an imagination, to visualise too much to remain quite normal.

    Robin Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Klotchkov raised his eyes to the ceiling, striving to visualise what he had just read.

  • Don't you see I am trying to construct this girl in my imagination, to visualise her?

    The Girl on the Boat Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  • For instance, though he must visualise a scene as he writes it, he should not visualise it completely, as a novelist should.

    The Author's Craft Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for visualise


/ˈvɪʒʊəˌlaɪz; -zjʊ-/
to form a mental image of (something incapable of being viewed or not at that moment visible)
(med) to view by means of an X-ray the outline of (a bodily organ, structure, or part)
Derived Forms
visualizer, visualiser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for visualise

chiefly British English spelling of visualize. For suffix, see -ize. Related: Visualised; visualising; visualisation.



1817, first attested in, and perhaps coined by, Coleridge; see visual + -ize. Related: Visualized; visualizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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