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visualize

[vizh-oo-uh-lahyz]
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verb (used without object), vis·u·al·ized, vis·u·al·iz·ing.
  1. to recall or form mental images or pictures.
verb (used with object), vis·u·al·ized, vis·u·al·iz·ing.
  1. to make visual or visible.
  2. to form a mental image of.
  3. to make perceptible to the mind or imagination.
Also especially British, vis·u·al·ise.

Origin of visualize

First recorded in 1810–20; visual + -ize
Related formsvis·u·al·iz·a·ble, adjectivevis·u·al·i·za·tion, nounvis·u·al·iz·er, vis·u·al·ist, nounnon·vis·u·al·ized, adjectivere·vis·u·al·i·za·tion, nounre·vis·u·al·ize, verb, re·vis·u·al·ized, re·vis·u·al·iz·ing.un·vis·u·al·ized, adjectivewell-vis·u·al·ized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for visualize

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Historical Examples

  • I'll have to burn some midnight oil, but I can visualize the bridge.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • The clerk half-closed his eyes in order the better to visualize his memory.

    The Destroyer

    Burton Egbert Stevenson

  • Why can't you get her back here and let her visualize the ideally beautiful?

    The Ideal

    Stanley Grauman Weinbaum

  • What were they all doing, those crowds that she could visualize so plainly?

    The Beach of Dreams

    H. De Vere Stacpoole

  • He tried to visualize the planet he was coming to, but no pictures formed in his mind.


British Dictionary definitions for visualize

visualize

visualise

verb
  1. to form a mental image of (something incapable of being viewed or not at that moment visible)
  2. med to view by means of an X-ray the outline of (a bodily organ, structure, or part)
Derived Formsvisualizer or visualiser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for visualize

v.

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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