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visualize

or (especially British) visualise

[vizh-oo-uh-lahyz] /ˈvɪʒ u əˌlaɪz/
verb (used without object), visualized, visualizing.
1.
to recall or form mental images or pictures.
verb (used with object), visualized, visualizing.
2.
to make visual or visible.
3.
to form a mental image of.
4.
to make perceptible to the mind or imagination.
Origin of visualize
1810-1820
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
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  • She could visualize just how frantic old Mr. Simmons was, and she felt sorry for him.

    Rebecca's Promise Frances R. Sterrett
  • The clerk half-closed his eyes in order the better to visualize his memory.

    The Destroyer Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • Then, "Will you try to visualize your mother without the blemish at her temple?"

    The Ambassador Samuel Kimball Merwin
  • He tried to visualize the planet he was coming to, but no pictures formed in his mind.

    The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
  • He sat bolt upright, his eyes squeezed tensely together, trying to visualize the child and call her and it couldn't be done.

    The Syndic C.M. Kornbluth
British Dictionary definitions for visualize

visualize

/ˈvɪʒʊəˌlaɪz; -zjʊ-/
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 Forms
visualizer, visualiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for visualize
v.

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

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