en·​vis·​age | \ in-ˈvi-zij How to pronounce envisage (audio) , 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.
Recent Examples on the Web When thinking of the future, today’s global citizens might envisage evolutions of existing centers of power—the concrete and glass of New York, Tokyo, London, and Beijing, only upgraded. Darran Anderson, The Atlantic, "Why Every City Feels the Same Now," 24 Aug. 2020 The inflexibility of foreign-service career paths is a problem: how many high-flyers today are happy to envisage a 35-year stay with the same employer and to wait 15 years for a senior job? The Economist, "Facing the world, blindfolded How much does America’s missing diplomatic leadership matter?," 11 Aug. 2020 In Milan—the cultural and economic powerhouse of the country—city planners envisage a radical reconfiguration of urban space. Frank Trentmann, The New Republic, "The Unequal Future of Consumption," 10 Aug. 2020 In the world envisaged by Dr Stampar, the WHO would now be coming into its own, harnessing international co-operation to halt the coronavirus. The Economist, "The coronavirus blame-game America and China take their rivalry to the World Health Organisation," 17 May 2020 The state of Palestine envisaged by Trump -- which Netanyahu played a core role in conceptualizing -- would incorporate only 70% of the territory, far less than previous peace plans the Palestinians rejected. Ivan Levingston, Bloomberg.com, "Netanyahu Goes Where No Israeli Leader Has Gone for Votes," 8 May 2020 First, some of the iciest years of the Cold War, and then, with the ideological confrontation at an end, a time when the United Nations began to play more fully the role envisaged by the founders. Robert D. Mcfadden, BostonGlobe.com, "Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, 100; UN chief brokered peace pacts," 5 Mar. 2020 Recognising this, the agreement envisages a future in which, as well as hugely reducing the amount of CO2put into the atmosphere, nations also take a fair bit out. The Economist, "Climate policy needs negative carbon-dioxide emissions," 5 Dec. 2019 In the next stage, envisaged to begin on May 11 for most of Spain, bars will reopen their terraces but will be limited to a third of their capacity. NBC News, "Instead of gin, hand sanitizer," 1 May 2020

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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“Envisage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/envisage. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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: to picture (something) in your mind

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