1. the act or power of sensing with the eyes; sight.
  2. the act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be: prophetic vision; the vision of an entrepreneur.
  3. an experience in which a personage, thing, or event appears vividly or credibly to the mind, although not actually present, often under the influence of a divine or other agency: a heavenly messenger appearing in a vision.Compare hallucination(def 1).
  4. something seen or otherwise perceived during such an experience: The vision revealed its message.
  5. a vivid, imaginative conception or anticipation: visions of wealth and glory.
  6. something seen; an object of sight.
  7. a scene, person, etc., of extraordinary beauty: The sky was a vision of red and pink.
  8. computer vision.

verb (used with object)

  1. to envision, or picture mentally: She tried to vision herself in a past century.


  1. the act, faculty, or manner of perceiving with the eye; sight
    1. the image on a television screen
    2. (as modifier)vision control
  2. the ability or an instance of great perception, esp of future developmentsa man of vision
  3. a mystical or religious experience of seeing some supernatural event, person, etcthe vision of St John of the Cross
  4. that which is seen, esp in such a mystical experience
  5. (sometimes plural) a vivid mental image produced by the imaginationhe had visions of becoming famous
  6. a person or thing of extraordinary beauty
  7. the stated aims and objectives of a business or other organization


  1. (tr) to see or show in or as if in a vision

late 13c., “something seen in the imagination or in the supernatural,” from Anglo-French visioun, Old French vision (12c.), from Latin visionem (nominative visio) “act of seeing, sight, thing seen,” from past participle stem of videre “to see,” from PIE root *weid- “to know, to see” (cf. Sanskrit veda “I know;” Avestan vaeda “I know;” Greek oida, Doric woida “I know,” idein “to see;” Old Irish fis “vision,” find “white,” i.e. “clearly seen,” fiuss “knowledge;” Welsh gwyn, Gaulish vindos, Breton gwenn “white;” Gothic, Old Swedish, Old English witan “to know;” Gothic weitan “to see;” English wise, German wissen “to know;” Lithuanian vysti “to see;” Bulgarian vidya “I see;” Polish widzieć “to see,” wiedzieć “to know;” Russian videt’ “to see,” vest’ “news,” Old Russian vedat’ “to know”). The meaning “sense of sight” is first recorded late 15c. Meaning “statesman-like foresight, political sagacity” is attested from 1926.


  1. The faculty of sight; eyesight.
  2. The manner in which an individual sees or conceives of something.

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