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
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Examples of envisage in a Sentence
I envisage a day when proper health care will be available to everyone.
I'm trying to envisage you on a surfboard.
Recent Examples of envisage from the Web
Iran envisages a future Shiite crescent of influence, that would stretch from Tehran through Iraq, Syria and into Lebanon, backed by Russia, and would change the balance of power in the region.
The draft bill envisages extending police powers to stop and search people or conduct house searches.
Asked to envisage high rises with a footprint of just over 1,000 square feet, the winners of a new architecture competition, Hong Kong Pixel Homes, offer bold visions of vertical space in a city whose skyline has been defined by it.
Initially envisaged as a free-trade zone that now includes 500 million consumers, the EU is, in the eyes of many Britons, too bureaucratic, out of touch, expensive and an obstacle to clamping down on immigration.
Le Pen once envisaged dozens of National Front lawmakers making life miserable for Macron.
It has been envisaged by the Japanese firm Sanaa as a series of low-rise pavilions extending over an adjacent freeway and down the hill to a dramatic cavity housing World War II-era oil tanks.
A YouGov projection in the Times earlier this week even envisaged a scenario leading to a hung Parliament.
Initially envisaged as a successor to the 757, the longest-ever narrowbody plane, which ceased production in 2004, the aircraft is now conceived as a small twin-aisle model closer in proportions to the 767.
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Did You Know?
Envisage has been part of the English language since the 17th century. In the early 19th century, it was sometimes used with the now archaic sense of "to meet squarely" or "to confront." By 1837, the word had developed the sense "to have a mental picture of." In the 1920s, some usage commentators began deriding envisage for reasons not entirely clear, declaring it "undesirable." Today, time and usage have won out, and envisage is widely used and accepted, though it is slightly formal in tone. The same can be said of its near twin envision ("to picture to oneself"), which has been with us since the late 19th century and is interchangeable with envisage in many contexts.
Origin and Etymology of envisage
French envisager, from en- + visage face
First Known Use: 1660See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of envisage
ENVISAGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of envisage for English Language Learners
: to picture (something) in your mind
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