en·​vis·​age | \in-ˈvi-zij, en-\
envisaged; envisaging

Definition of envisage 

transitive verb

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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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

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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.

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.

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Some advocacy groups say governments and militaries should be prevented from developing such systems, which have sparked fears and led some critics to envisage harrowing scenarios about their use. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "'Killer robots' are coming and the world is trying to figure out what to do with them," 27 Aug. 2018 Cabaye arrived with many envisaging the player who caught the eye of PSG with his stunning dead-ball ability and his eye for a long shot whilst on Tyneside, which was naive on their part. SI.com, "Yohan Cabaye's Time at Crystal Palace Was Underappreciated, But His Arrival Was a Landmark Moment," 5 July 2018 That falls well short of Mr. Macron’s proposal that envisaged an instrument with budgetary firepower of around €200 billion ($233.2 billion). William Horobin, WSJ, "Merkel Responds to Macron’s Plan to Overhaul EU With One of Her Own," 3 June 2018 That could open the way to the sort of hybrid government that Mr Falcón envisages. The Economist, "As Venezuelans go hungry, their government holds a farcical election," 17 May 2018 The project, which envisages service entry after 2035, represents a threat to Britain’s position at the heart of warplane development as negotiations continue on terms for its exit from the European Union. Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg.com, "Airbus Details Franco-German Fighter Deal With U.K. Role at Risk," 25 Apr. 2018 But at the time, the Three Lions faithful could not envisage a time without depending on their country’s all-time top goalscorer or that a new dawn was upon them. SI.com, "90Min World Cup Fan Diaries: Starting to Believe," 8 July 2018 Another scenario, recently floated by an investor and dismissed by the bank, envisaged a split of the retail operations from the investment bank and selling or merging the individual parts with other banks. Steven Arons, Bloomberg.com, "Why Deutsche Bank Can’t Just Shake Off Its Problems," 24 June 2018 The agreement envisages Iranian forces pulling out from the entire area and Syrian rebels there surrendering heavy weapons. Philip Issa, BostonGlobe.com, "Syria’s Assad threatens to attack area under US-backed Kurds," 1 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'envisage.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of envisage

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for envisage

French envisager, from en- + visage face

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: to picture (something) in your mind

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