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[vizh-uh n] /ˈvɪʒ ən/
the act or power of sensing with the eyes; sight.
the act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be:
prophetic vision; the vision of an entrepreneur.
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).
something seen or otherwise perceived during such an experience:
The vision revealed its message.
a vivid, imaginative conception or anticipation:
visions of wealth and glory.
something seen; an object of sight.
a scene, person, etc., of extraordinary beauty:
The sky was a vision of red and pink.
verb (used with object)
to envision, or picture mentally:
She tried to vision herself in a past century.
1250-1300; Middle English < Latin vīsiōn- (stem of vīsiō) a seeing, view, equivalent to vīs(us), past participle of vidēre to see + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
visionless, adjective
2. perception, discernment. 4. apparition, phantasm, chimera. See dream. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vision
  • vision in the affected eye or eyes slowly gets worse.
  • The researchers could cancel out vision of one eye's image by presenting a specific high contrast image to the other eye.
  • My other eye is free to see ahead of me, and my peripheral vision out of both eyes is clear.
  • His vision is fading, and he is talking about getting contacts or having laser surgery on his eyes.
  • He had a vision, of an entirely new role for himself, one that suited a laid-back lifestyle as he reshaped his old image.
  • There is no such thing as a unique scientific vision, any more than there is a unique poetic vision.
  • His vision of a new mental universe held together by post-printing technology now looks dated.
  • In many ways it's a beautiful and comforting vision.
  • But that vision of paddling hadrosaurs was discarded decades ago.
  • In the famous lyricist he found not only a surrogate father but a vision of the future.
British Dictionary definitions for vision


the act, faculty, or manner of perceiving with the eye; sight
  1. the image on a television screen
  2. (as modifier): vision control
the ability or an instance of great perception, esp of future developments: a man of vision
a mystical or religious experience of seeing some supernatural event, person, etc: the vision of St John of the Cross
that which is seen, esp in such a mystical experience
(sometimes pl) a vivid mental image produced by the imagination: he had visions of becoming famous
a person or thing of extraordinary beauty
the stated aims and objectives of a business or other organization
(transitive) to see or show in or as if in a vision
Derived Forms
visionless, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Latin vīsiō sight, from vidēre to see
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Word Origin and History for vision

late 13c., "something seen in the imagination or in the supernatural," from Anglo-French visioun, Old French vision (12c.), from Latin visionem (nominative visio) "act of seeing, sight, thing seen," from past participle stem of videre "to see," from PIE root *weid- "to know, to see" (cf. Sanskrit veda "I know;" Avestan vaeda "I know;" Greek oida, Doric woida "I know," idein "to see;" Old Irish fis "vision," find "white," i.e. "clearly seen," fiuss "knowledge;" Welsh gwyn, Gaulish vindos, Breton gwenn "white;" Gothic, Old Swedish, Old English witan "to know;" Gothic weitan "to see;" English wise, German wissen "to know;" Lithuanian vysti "to see;" Bulgarian vidya "I see;" Polish widzieć "to see," wiedzieć "to know;" Russian videt' "to see," vest' "news," Old Russian vedat' "to know"). The meaning "sense of sight" is first recorded late 15c. Meaning "statesman-like foresight, political sagacity" is attested from 1926.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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vision in Medicine

vision vi·sion (vĭzh'ən)

  1. The faculty of sight; eyesight.

  2. The manner in which an individual sees or conceives of something.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for vision



A very important person; big shot (1933+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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vision in the Bible

(Luke 1:22), a vivid apparition, not a dream (comp. Luke 24:23; Acts 26:19; 2 Cor. 12:1).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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