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visualize

To visualize something is to be able to see it in your mind. From the twitching in their feet, it seems that sleeping dogs often visualize a fenced-in area and about 30 squirrels.

Visualizing is a lot like imagining — both involve picturing something in your mind. But while imagine has the sense of wondering and exploring, when you visualize something, your hope is to make it real. Basketball players visualize themselves making a shot to help them sink the basketball in the hoop. Visualize yourself getting the job as you're going in to be interviewed and your chances for success will increase.

Definitions of visualize
  1. verb
    form a mental picture of something that is invisible or abstract
    “Mathematicians often visualize
    synonyms: visualise
    envision, fancy, figure, image, picture, project, see, visualise
    imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind
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    type of:
    conceive of, envisage, ideate, imagine
    form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case
  2. verb
    imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind
    synonyms: envision, fancy, figure, image, picture, project, see, visualise
    realise, realize, see, understand
    perceive (an idea or situation) mentally
    visualise
    form a mental picture of something that is invisible or abstract
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    type of:
    conceive of, envisage, ideate, imagine
    form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case
  3. verb
    make visible
    “With this machine, ultrasound can be visualized
    synonyms: visualise
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  4. verb
    view the outline of by means of an X-ray
    “The radiologist can visualize the cancerous liver”
    synonyms: visualise
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    types:
    image
    render visible, as by means of MRI
    type of:
    catch, see, take in, view, watch
    see or watch
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