visualize

[vizh-oo-uh-lahyz]
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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.
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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visualization

visualisation

noun
  1. the act or an instance of visualizing
  2. a technique involving focusing on positive mental images in order to achieve a particular goal

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
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Word Origin and History for visualization
n.

1881, noun of action from visualize.

visualize

v.

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

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