Definition of visualize in US English:

visualize

(British visualise)

verb

[with object]
  • 1Form a mental image of; imagine.

    ‘it is not easy to visualize the future’
    • ‘They help us develop our imagination and capacity to visualise.’
    • ‘Plan scenes, visualize everything before the game so you have images in your head you can exploit even if things don't head in the right direction.’
    • ‘To visualise this imagine the handle of the jug to be a service road.’
    • ‘Your goal is to visualize the easiest of the three shots and trust it.’
    • ‘The idea becomes a dream and he visualizes himself making the phone calls and discussing it with his boss, as if he is watching a movie of his new life unfolding.’
    • ‘It takes an inventive imagination to read these things and accurately visualize anything.’
    • ‘Bolyai's new world can be visualized by imagining a triangle drawn on the surface of a saddle.’
    • ‘But the city official in charge of the dossier says it's too soon to know what the city visualizes as the future of the site.’
    • ‘An easy way to visualize this is to imagine watching a home video a friend filmed.’
    • ‘For a musician, imaging includes more than visualizing.’
    • ‘Also try positive imagery; create an image that is relaxing, such as visualizing yourself on a secluded beach.’
    • ‘It did not take much imagination to visualise the vast green forests that had covered the countryside at one time.’
    • ‘Anyway the mental images I visualise are very powerful, and exceed anything I used to see in movies when I used to be able to see.’
    • ‘Just by simply closing your eyes you can use the magnificent ability you have to visualize and imagine.’
    • ‘Changing your mental image first, by visualizing that future, paves the way for success.’
    • ‘The two wheels were almost as wide as the ship, and while the port one still looked impressive, the less well-preserved starboard wheel required a bit more imagination to visualise.’
    • ‘A lot of magic is about visualising, imaging, strongly imagining in your mind's eye.’
    • ‘To visualize this, imagine a stretched rubber sheet onto which a large mass is placed.’
    • ‘I like to think of wire sculpture as imagination visualized with wire.’
    • ‘The easiest way of visualizing a leg imaginal disc is to think of it as a collapsed cone.’
    envisage, envision, conjure up, conjure up an image of, conjure up an picture of, picture in the mind's eye, picture, call to mind, see, imagine, evoke, fancy, dream about, dream up, fantasize about, conceptualize, conceive of, think about, contemplate
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  • 2Make (something) visible to the eye.

    ‘the cells were better visualized by staining’
    • ‘Stained fragments were visualized using the fluorescent imager.’
    • ‘Whole cells were fixed and stained with DAPI to visualize nuclei and chromosomes.’
    • ‘Degraded DNA from the two 1993 Barrow specimens was visualized on ethidium bromide stained gels.’
    • ‘Non-fluorescent techniques for visualizing comets based on staining with silver nitrate have also been used.’

Pronunciation

visualize

/ˈviZH(o͞o)əˌlīz//ˈvɪʒ(u)əˌlaɪz/