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Definition of vision noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

        

    vision

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    noun
    NAmE//ˈvɪʒn//
     
     
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  1. 1[uncountable] the ability to see; the area that you can see from a particular position to have good/perfect/poor/blurred/normal vision 20–20 vision (= the ability to see perfectly) Cats have good night vision. The couple moved out of her field of vision. He glimpsed something on the edge of his vision. see also tunnel vision Thesaurussightview visionThese are all words for the area or distance that you can see from a particular position.sight the area or distance that you can see from a particular position:He looked up the street, but there was no one in sight. Leave any valuables in your car out of sight.view (somewhat formal) the area or distance that you can see from a particular position:The lake soon came into view. Our hotel room had amazing views of the mountains.vision the area that you can see from a particular position:The couple moved out of her field of vision (= the total area you can see from a particular position).sight, view, or vision?View is more literary than sight or vision. It is the only word for talking about how well you can see something:I didn't have a good sight/vision of the stage.Vision must always be used with a possessive pronoun:my/his/her etc. (field of) vision. It is not used with the prepositions in, into, and out of that are very frequent with sight and view:There was nobody in vision. A tall figure came into vision.Patterns in/out of sight/view in/within sight/view >of>something to come into/disappear from sight/view/somebody's vision to come in sight/view >of>somebody/something to block somebody's view/vision somebody's line of sight/vision somebody's field of view/vision
  2. 2[countable] an idea or a picture in your imagination He had a vision of a world in which there would be no wars. Ihad visions of us getting hopelessly lost. The word conjures up visions of home and family.
  3. 3[countable] a dream or similar experience, especially of a religious kind The idea came to her in a vision.
  4. 4[uncountable] the ability to think about or plan the future with great imagination and intelligence synonym foresight a leader of vision He's a competent politician, but he lacks vision.
  5. 5[countable] a vision (of something) (literary) a person of great beauty or who shows the quality mentioned She was a vision in white lace. a vision of loveliness
  6. 6 [uncountable] the picture on a television or movie theater screen We apologize for the loss of vision.
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