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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
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  • This, then, was the visualization of all my dreams of years.

    Geraldine Farrar Geraldine Farrar
  • In any visualization harmony of detail is of prime importance.

    The Writing of the Short Story Lewis Worthington Smith
  • In the demonstrations emphasis should be given to the visualization of the kinetic theory points of view.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • Subjects for visualization and the reviving of other sensations.

    The Writing of the Short Story Lewis Worthington Smith
  • The visualization of text is the starting point towards automatic creation of other texts.

  • In probing, too, he found the visualization of his life with her ready at the surface of Riya's mind.

    Riya's Foundling Algirdas Jonas Budrys
  • How do these lines illustrate the truth that the visualization of a scene is a necessary forerunner of correct vocal expression?

  • It is easy to go through the books of great writers and select those which show that the authors have this power of visualization.

British Dictionary definitions for visualization


/ˌvɪʒʊəlaɪˈzeɪʃən; -zjʊ-/
the act or an instance of visualizing
a technique involving focusing on positive mental images in order to achieve a particular goal


/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 visualization

1881, noun of action from visualize.



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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