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.

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An attack helicopter version to replace the AH-64 Apache is also envisioned. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "First Flight of the SB-1 Defiant, a Potential Blackhawk Helicopter Replacement," 26 Mar. 2019 Any Silicon Valley titans envisioning themselves as political kingmakers should pay close attention. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Reid Hoffman is learning an early rule of being a megadonor: It’s hard to keep track of your money," 26 Dec. 2018 Was this what a younger Charlotte envisioned herself doing with her life? Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "As the SpaceX steamroller surges, European rocket industry vows to resist," 20 July 2018 The team’s executives and coaches envision him one day draining long-range jumpers and blocking shots with ease. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Mo Bamba shows flashes of potential in Magic debut," 7 July 2018 Centro purchased the building earlier this year and envisioned it as a place for young singles and couples. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Building up, instead of tearing down, in Tijuana," 2 July 2018 But instead of envisioning himself with the big gavel, Crowley is about to become a former Member of Congress. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Ousts Joe Crowley, a Top House Democrat, in Stunning Upset," 26 June 2018 Mikal Bridges' versatility The 6-foot-7, 210-pound Bridges is considered a small forward, but the Suns envision him, in some lineups, as a small-ball power forward sandwiched between Ayton and Jackson. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "How the Phoenix Suns could have a new look: switches and small-ball lineups," 22 June 2018 That's not the way the original Founders envisioned it; the Constitution, as originally written, had a sort of top-two format because the President was the top vote-getter in the Electoral College and the vice president was whoever got second place. Z. Byron Wolf, CNN, "If the country used California's weird primary system, Trump probably wouldn't be President," 2 June 2018

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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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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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an act or instance of returning to life

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