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Meaning of “vision” in the English Dictionary

"vision" in British English

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visionnoun

uk   us   /ˈvɪʒ.ən/
  • vision noun (MENTAL IMAGE)

B2 [C] an ​idea or ​mentalimage of something: We ​see in his ​novels his ​sinister, ​almostapocalyptic, vision of the ​future. Johnny was late ​home and, as ​usual, I had visions of him ​lyingdead in some ​alley. [C] an ​experience in which you ​see things that do not ​existphysically, when ​yourmind is ​affectedpowerfully by something such as ​deepreligiousthought or ​drugs or ​mentalillness: She had visions in which the ​angel Gabriel ​appeared to her.

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  • vision noun (VIEW OF THE FUTURE)

C1 [U] the ​ability to ​imagine how a ​country, ​society, ​industry, etc. could ​develop in the ​future and to ​plan for this: He didn't have the ​mentalagility or vision ​required for a ​seniorpolitician. a ​person of ​greatartistic vision

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  • vision noun (ABILITY)

B2 [U] the ​ability to ​see: She has very little vision in her ​lefteye.
  • vision noun (BEAUTIFUL SIGHT)

[S] literary or humorous (used when referring to a ​person) a ​beautiful and ​impressivesight: And that vision of ​loveliness over there is my ​wife, Sandra. She ​emerged from the ​bedroom, a vision increamsilk.
(Definition of vision from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"vision" in American English

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visionnoun

 us   /ˈvɪʒ·ən/
  • vision noun (SIGHT)

[U] the ​ability to ​see: good/​impaired/​blurred vision
  • vision noun (MENTAL IMAGE)

[C] an ​imaginedmentalimage of something: We ​lack a vision of what ​love really is. [C] A vision can also be something ​seen in a ​dream or as a ​result of a ​religiousexperience.
  • vision noun (VIEW OF THE FUTURE)

[U] the ​ability to ​imagine how a ​country, ​society, ​industry, etc., will ​develop in the ​future and to ​plan in a ​suitable way: The theater’s ​director is a woman of ​greatartistic vision.
visionary
noun [C]  us   /ˈvɪʒ·əˌner·i/
a ​person who is ​able to ​imagine how a ​country, ​society, ​industry, etc., will or should ​develop in the ​future and to ​plan in a ​suitable way: She was a ​socialreformer, a ​true visionary.
(Definition of vision from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"vision" in Business English

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visionnoun

uk   us   /ˈvɪʒən/
[C or U] the ​ability to imagine how something could ​develop in the future, or the ​ideas that come from imagining in this way: There's a ​lack of ​leadership, a ​lack of vision, and a ​lack of ​organization in the ​industry as a whole.the vision to do sth The ​companymanagement had the vision to give its ​employees a ​share of the ​profits. The ​deal will be the first of several ​pieces needed to ​achieve the vision. Unless everyone ​agrees that this is the vision of the company's future, we can't ​moveforward.
(Definition of vision from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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