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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.
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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.
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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 visualise

Historical Examples

  • 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

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

    Yonder

    Emily Hilda Young

  • She did not visualise him either as a person or as a part of a system.

    Post-Impressions

    Simeon Strunsky

  • For one thing Kaspar, while he had good eyes, could not visualise perspective.

    The Brain

    Alexander Blade

  • No wonder she could visualise it now so plainly out there on the ice.

    Carolyn of the Corners

    Ruth Belmore Endicott


British Dictionary definitions for visualise

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)
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Derived Formsvisualizer or visualiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for visualise

v.

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

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visualize

v.

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

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