Simple Definition of envisage
: to picture (something) in your mind
Full Definition of envisage
1 : to view or regard in a certain way <envisages the slum as a hotbed of crime>
2 : to have a mental picture of especially in advance of realization <envisages an entirely new system of education>
Examples of envisage
I envisage a day when proper health care will be available to everyone.
<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, 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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