Meaning of “visible” in the English Dictionary

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"visible" in British English

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visibleadjective

uk /ˈvɪz.ə.bəl/ us /ˈvɪz.ə.bəl/

B2 able to be seen:

You should wear something light-coloured when you're cycling at night so that you're more visible.
The writing on the tombstone was barely visible.
There are few visible signs of the illness that kept her in hospital for so long.
The comet should be visible to the naked eye.

C1 able or likely to attract public attention and be noticed:

In a very short period of time, she has become a highly visible national leader.

More examples

  • The farthest landmark visible is about 30 km away.
  • He had a tattoo on every visible appendage.
  • Unlike acid rain or deforestation, global warming has no visible manifestation .
  • The logo was still visible but less obtrusive this time in beige.
  • The pinnacles of the Himalayas were visible above the clouds.

(Definition of “visible” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"visible" in American English

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visibleadjective

us /ˈvɪz·ə·bəl/

able to be seen:

There are few visible signs of her recent illness.
The comet is visible to the naked eye as a fuzzy ball in the western sky.

Visible also means able or tending to attract public attention:

In a very short time, she became a highly visible environmental spokesperson.

(Definition of “visible” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)