[ vizh-uhn ]
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  1. the act or power of sensing with the eyes; sight.

  2. the act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be: prophetic vision;the vision of an entrepreneur.

  1. 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).

  2. something seen or otherwise perceived during such an experience: The vision revealed its message.

  3. a vivid, imaginative conception or anticipation: visions of wealth and glory.

  4. something seen; an object of sight.

  5. a scene, person, etc., of extraordinary beauty: The sky was a vision of red and pink.

verb (used with object)
  1. to envision, or picture mentally: She tried to vision herself in a past century.

Origin of vision

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English, from Latin vīsiōn-, stem of vīsiō “sight,” literally “a seeing,” equivalent to vīs(us) “seen,” past participle of vidēre “to see” + -iō -ion

synonym study For vision

4. See dream.

Other words for vision

Other words from vision

  • vi·sion·less, adjective

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How to use vision in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for vision


/ (ˈvɪʒən) /

  1. the act, faculty, or manner of perceiving with the eye; sight

    • the image on a television screen

    • (as modifier): vision control

  1. the ability or an instance of great perception, esp of future developments: a man of vision

  2. a mystical or religious experience of seeing some supernatural event, person, etc: the vision of St John of the Cross

  3. that which is seen, esp in such a mystical experience

  4. (sometimes plural) a vivid mental image produced by the imagination: he had visions of becoming famous

  5. a person or thing of extraordinary beauty

  6. the stated aims and objectives of a business or other organization

  1. (tr) to see or show in or as if in a vision

Origin of vision

C13: from Latin vīsiō sight, from vidēre to see

Derived forms of vision

  • visionless, adjective

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