en·​vi·​sion | \ in-ˈvi-zhən How to pronounce envision (audio) , en-\
envisioned; envisioning; envisions

Definition of envision

transitive verb

: to picture to oneself envisions a career dedicated to promoting peace

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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

Examples of envision in a Sentence

The inventor envisioned many uses for his creation. She envisioned a better life for herself.
Recent Examples on the Web Friday’s strike is an early warning that the pension overhaul envisioned by Macron could be in for some rough sailing. BostonGlobe.com, "PARIS — Parisians thronged the sidewalks, took to bikes and scooters, or canceled their morning commutes altogether Friday, faced with the biggest public transportation strike in nearly 13 years — a warning shot at President Emmanuel Macron’s government over its ambitious pension overhaul plan.," 14 Sep. 2019 Entire swaths of its east and west sides stand vacant and ready for the sort of rehabilitation envisioned by the federal program, which provides substantial tax benefits for investment in distressed areas. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "Trump points to Opportunity Zones initiative to show how he’s helped cities like Baltimore. How has it worked?," 30 July 2019 The Lucifer envisioned by John Milton in 1667 was cast out of Heaven for disobedience and defiance against the kind of order that was indistinguishable from worship in the author’s time. Noah Rothman, National Review, "Kevin Williamson’s Revolt against the Hivemind," 25 July 2019 Oyamada, herself a former temp, envisions three young people demoted to the labor twilight zone by job insecurity. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 16 Sep. 2019 About 55 miles of express lanes have opened on interstates 495, 95 and 66 in the past seven years, and the state envisions more than 90 miles of HOT lanes in Northern Virginia by 2022. Washington Post, "395 Express Lanes on track to open in November," 14 Sep. 2019 The Icebreaker project envisions building six wind turbines roughly eight miles off the coast of Cleveland, with construction beginning as soon as 2021. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland.com, "Planned Lake Erie wind farm back on track after fee paid," 12 Sep. 2019 Even before Warren unveiled her Social Security plan, several economists across ideological lines had questioned whether the federal government could effectively raise all the revenue Warren envisions. chicagotribune.com, "Elizabeth Warren’s new plan calls for tax hike on wealthy to pay for Social Security overhaul," 12 Sep. 2019 The connectivity Airbus envisions for its cabins will provide an enormous trove of information airlines can use to analyze and optimize in their never-ending quest for cost efficiencies. Justin Bachman / Bloomberg, Time, "The Next Generation of Airbus Aircraft Will Track Your Bathroom Visits," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of envision

1855, in the meaning defined above

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24 Oct 2019

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The first known use of envision was in 1855

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English Language Learners Definition of envision

chiefly US : to think of (something that you believe might exist or happen in the future) : to picture (something) in your mind

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