en·​vi·​sion | \ in-ˈvi-zhən How to pronounce envision (audio) , en- \
envisioned; envisioning; envisions

Definition of envision

transitive verb

: to picture to oneself envisions a career dedicated to promoting peace

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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

Examples of envision in a Sentence

The inventor envisioned many uses for his creation. She envisioned a better life for herself.
Recent Examples on the Web The aim: To envision a home of the future (in the year 2025, to be precise) for a multigenerational Black family. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Here Are the 23 Designers Behind the Obsidian Virtual Concept House," 17 Nov. 2020 But hard to envision the Falcons making significant hay in the face of an unrelenting second-half schedule. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL 2020 midseason grades for all 32 teams: Who's aced the early slate?," 11 Nov. 2020 Ben Michelson’s parents probably didn’t envision him becoming a college dropout. Julia Fanzeres, Bloomberg.com, "U.S. College Students on Covid Gap Years Are Taking Big Financial Risks," 7 Nov. 2020 Tapnack did not always envision herself as a mikvah user. Josefin Dolsten, sun-sentinel.com, "Some queer Jews are finding meaning in the laws of family purity, traditionally observed by married Orthodox couples," 21 Oct. 2020 San Diegans who visit the Zoo today and visitors who know it as one of the great Zoos of the world can scarcely envision the struggle to create it from an idea, a tract of bare ground and a handful of animals, most of which were domestic. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: 95 years ago Belle Jennings Benchley joined the San Diego Zoo," 20 Oct. 2020 Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, for example, has acknowledged that the creators of the free-for-all messaging system simply didn’t envision all the ways its service would be used—and misused. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "The case for a virtual commute when working from home," 1 Oct. 2020 Ameren has just 1% natural gas generation currently and doesn’t envision that growing much. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Unions look to keep natural gas and nuclear in Biden energy plan," 28 Sep. 2020 But that’s not going to be the case this year, when voters can easily envision either Vice President Mike Pence or Democratic nominee Sen. Kamala Harris having to step into the top spot. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Can Kamala Harris be president? How about Mike Pence? That’s what’s at stake in VP debate," 5 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of envision

1855, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of envision was in 1855

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24 Nov 2020

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“Envision.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/envision. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of envision

chiefly US : to think of (something that you believe might exist or happen in the future) : to picture (something) in your mind

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