Definition of envisage
- envisages the slum as a hotbed of crime
- envisages an entirely new system of education
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I envisage a day when proper health care will be available to everyone.
I'm trying to envisage you on a surfboard.
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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.
: to picture (something) in your mind
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