Definition of visualize in US English:

visualize

verb

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

    ‘it is not easy to visualize the future’
    • ‘The easiest way of visualizing a leg imaginal disc is to think of it as a collapsed cone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I like to think of wire sculpture as imagination visualized with wire.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For a musician, imaging includes more than visualizing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They help us develop our imagination and capacity to visualise.’
    • ‘Just by simply closing your eyes you can use the magnificent ability you have to visualize and imagine.’
    • ‘An easy way to visualize this is to imagine watching a home video a friend filmed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Also try positive imagery; create an image that is relaxing, such as visualizing yourself on a secluded beach.’
    • ‘It takes an inventive imagination to read these things and accurately visualize anything.’
    • ‘To visualize this, imagine a stretched rubber sheet onto which a large mass is placed.’
    • ‘Changing your mental image first, by visualizing that future, paves the way for success.’
    • ‘It did not take much imagination to visualise the vast green forests that had covered the countryside at one time.’
    • ‘Bolyai's new world can be visualized by imagining a triangle drawn on the surface of a saddle.’
    • ‘Your goal is to visualize the easiest of the three shots and trust it.’
    • ‘A lot of magic is about visualising, imaging, strongly imagining in your mind's eye.’
    • ‘To visualise this imagine the handle of the jug to be a service road.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘Whole cells were fixed and stained with DAPI to visualize nuclei and chromosomes.’
    • ‘Non-fluorescent techniques for visualizing comets based on staining with silver nitrate have also been used.’
    • ‘Stained fragments were visualized using the fluorescent imager.’
    • ‘Degraded DNA from the two 1993 Barrow specimens was visualized on ethidium bromide stained gels.’

Pronunciation

visualize

/ˈviZH(o͞o)əˌlīz//ˈvɪʒ(u)əˌlaɪz/