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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 visualize
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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


/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 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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