The word "vision" is used to describe a person’s eyesight or ability to see:

  • Cindy has very good vision.
  • Mark has 20/20 vision. (He has perfect eyesight.)
  • Charles needs to wear glasses because his vision is poor.
  • Is it true that eating carrots helps to improve your vision?
  • Your vision can be damaged by ultraviolet light, so it’s a good idea to wear sunglasses.
  • Your vision usually degenerates as you get older. (Your vision usually gets worse.)

The word "vision" is also used to describe an ability to believe in an idea and make that idea work in reality,

  • Dan’s vision for a tech company resulted in a billion-dollar enterprise. He was a real visionary.*
  • He stayed true to his vision.
  • A leader needs to have a clear vision for others to follow.
  • The owner of the factory lacked the vision needed for his company to thrive.
  • The founders of Google had a vision for how their software could be used to build a business.


The word "envision" is a verb:

  • What does the company envision for its new headquarters?
  • The parents envisioned great success for their children who moved to the United States.
  • Martha not only envisioned her own success, she also worked hard to make her dreams come true.

*visionary: a person who has a strong vision and sees his ideas through to a successful completion.

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