Definition of vision noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈvɪʒn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɪʒn//
    jump to other results
  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 outside her field of vision. He glimpsed something on the edge of his vision. Synonymssightview 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 (rather formal) the area or distance that you can see from a particular position:The lake soon came into view.vision the area that you can see from a particular position:The couple moved outside her field of vision (= 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: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 see also tunnel 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. I had 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 cinema/movie theater screen We apologize for the loss of vision.
  7. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting a supernatural apparition): via Old French from Latin visio(n-), from videre ‘to see’.Extra examples A young girl in the town experienced a prophetic vision. As he approached, the vision faded and there was no one there. He outlined his vision for the new economic order. He was determined not to let emotions cloud his vision. Her vision cleared and she realized Niall was standing beside her. His plans for the country’s future show a remarkable breadth of vision. I can read without glasses, but my distance vision is poor. She was aware of shapes moving across her field of vision. Someone was standing in my line of vision so I couldn’t see the screen. The company needs to develop a global vision. The engineers had a clear vision of what they wanted to achieve. The eye test shows she has perfect vision. The high driving position gives excellent all-round vision. The name ‘Las Vegas’ conjures up a vision of casinos. The new leader set about imposing his vision on the party. The rain prevented her having clear vision of the road ahead. The tears blurred her vision. The word ‘island’ conjures up a vision of a relaxing summer holiday. They share a common vision for the development of health services. Use your peripheral vision widely when moving from place to place. a statesman of great vision a vision for the future an alternative vision of society an apocalyptic vision of the end of civilization He’s a competent politician but he lacks vision. The couple moved outside her field of vision. my/​his/​her, etc. (field of) vision
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: vision