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[vizh-oo-uh-lahyz] /ˈvɪʒ u əˌlaɪz/
verb (used without object), visualized, visualizing.
to recall or form mental images or pictures.
verb (used with object), visualized, visualizing.
to make visual or visible.
to form a mental image of.
to make perceptible to the mind or imagination.
Also, especially British, visualise.
Origin of visualize
1810-20; visual + -ize
Related forms
visualizable, adjective
visualization, noun
visualizer, visualist, noun
nonvisualized, adjective
revisualization, noun
revisualize, verb, revisualized, revisualizing.
unvisualized, adjective
well-visualized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for visualization
  • Negative visualization is a primary source of worry and anxiety.
  • Then, using a compelling visualization of the data, tell the story of how it would improve.
  • Rehearsal of neuron firing patterns in the sports world is called visualization.
  • Using statistical techniques and the new software coming out for text visualization measure different things to be rewarded.
  • Dreams can be especially helpful for problems that require creativity or visualization to solve.
  • visualization, especially visualization of a memory, serves this purpose quite well on its own.
  • T1 allows for the overall visualization of structures in the body--a view that can be enhanced by using a contrast medium.
  • Data is nothing without visualization, and sometimes a bar chart won't do.
  • To make it easier judge what's inside of cells, scientists created a new visualization tool.
  • Although this had been hypothesized, it had been difficult to prove without this visualization technique.
British Dictionary definitions for visualization


/ˌvɪʒʊəlaɪˈzeɪʃən; -zjʊ-/
the act or an instance of visualizing
a technique involving focusing on positive mental images in order to achieve a particular goal


/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 Forms
visualizer, visualiser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for visualization

1881, noun of action from visualize.



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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