[ vizh-oo-uh-lahyz ]
/ ˈvɪʒ u əˌlaɪz /

verb (used without object), vis·u·al·ized, vis·u·al·iz·ing.

to recall or form mental images or pictures.

verb (used with object), vis·u·al·ized, vis·u·al·iz·ing.

to make visual or visible.
to form a mental image of.
to make perceptible to the mind or imagination.

Nearby words

  1. visual range,
  2. visual receptor cell,
  3. visual violet,
  4. visualise,
  5. visualization,
  6. visually,
  7. visually handicapped,
  8. visually impaired,
  9. visuognosis,
  10. visuomotor

Also especially British, vis·u·al·ise.

Origin of visualize

First recorded in 1810–20; visual + -ize

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for visualize



/ (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 Formsvisualizer or visualiser, noun

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Word Origin and History for visualize



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

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