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envisage

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verb en·vis·age \in-ˈvi-zij, en-\

Simple Definition of envisage

  • : to picture (something) in your mind

Full Definition of envisage

en·vis·ageden·vis·ag·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to view or regard in a certain way <envisages the slum as a hotbed of crime>

  3. 2 :  to have a mental picture of especially in advance of realization <envisages an entirely new system of education>

Examples of envisage

  1. I envisage a day when proper health care will be available to everyone.

  2. <I'm trying to envisage you on a surfboard.>



Origin of envisage

French envisager, from en- + visage face


First Known Use: 1660

Synonym Discussion of envisage

think, conceive, imagine, fancy, realize, envisage, envision mean to form an idea of. think implies the entrance of an idea into one's mind with or without deliberate consideration or reflection <I just thought of a good joke>. conceive suggests the forming and bringing forth and usually developing of an idea, plan, or design <conceived of a new marketing approach>. imagine stresses a visualization <imagine you're at the beach>. fancy suggests an imagining often unrestrained by reality but spurred by desires <fancied himself a super athlete>. realize stresses a grasping of the significance of what is conceived or imagined <realized the enormity of the task ahead>. envisage and envision imply a conceiving or imagining that is especially clear or detailed <envisaged a totally computerized operation> <envisioned a cure for the disease>.

think, cogitate, reflect, reason, speculate, deliberate mean to use one's powers of conception, judgment, or inference. think is general and may apply to any mental activity, but used alone often suggests attainment of clear ideas or conclusions <teaches students how to think>. cogitate implies deep or intent thinking <cogitated on the mysteries of nature>. reflect suggests unhurried consideration of something recalled to the mind <reflecting on fifty years of married life>. reason stresses consecutive logical thinking <able to reason brilliantly in debate>. speculate implies reasoning about things theoretical or problematic <speculated on the fate of the lost explorers>. deliberate suggests slow or careful reasoning before forming an opinion or reaching a conclusion or decision <the jury deliberated for five hours>.


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