V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, adjective

Definition: (n.) 1. a person with acute foresight, who is able to imagine what courses of action will benefit the future; 2. a dreamer; (adj.) 1. having great foresight and imagination; 2. given to impractical or idealistic plans--dreamy; 3. produced from the imagination

Synonyms: (n.) idealist, theorist, dreamer, seer, (adj.) idealized, imaginative, illusory, fanciful, impractical, dreamy, whimsical, utopian, noble, prophetic, futuristic, radical

Antonyms: practical, real, pragmatic

Tips: Visionary has come to describe vision for the future, but its true meaning is closer to being "abstracted or impractical" and "out of this world." Visionary can be used as both a noun and an adjective (see usage examples) to refer to foresight and vision or to impractical ideas, but the former is more common in modern English.

Usage Examples:

Bill Gates is generally regarded as a computer visionary. (idealist) noun

The executive's visionary plan for the company's expansion could make or break the business. (idealized, futuristic, impractical) adjective

Many people said that the world lost a true visionary when Albert Einstein died. (theorist, idealist, seer) noun

His ideas were considered visionary twenty years ago, but they are now being implemented throughout various industries. (futuristic, radical, fanciful) adjective

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