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>
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.>
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: 1660
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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