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

Essential Meaning of envision

chiefly US : to think of (something that you believe might exist or happen in the future) : to picture (something) in your mind The inventor envisioned many uses for his creation. She envisioned a better life for herself.

Full 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 By understanding the traps of passion, we can be better equipped to envision alternatives to it. Erin A. Cech, The Atlantic, 13 Nov. 2021 His latest, Terminal Shock, might be the most urgent yet, attempting to envision what would happen if people actually tried a theoretical process called solar geoengineering to cool off the planet. Longreads, 26 Oct. 2021 That is the question at the heart of Elastic Arts’ annual Afrofuturist Weekend, which brings together artists of many stripes to envision and manifest their unique visions for a world driven by Afrofuturist principles. Britt Julious, chicagotribune.com, 22 Oct. 2021 This represents an opportunity on the part of Hollywood not merely to communicate essential truths about what’s been happening in this nation but to use imagination and empathy to envision something different. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 20 Oct. 2021 National recruits Richard Young and Derrick LeBlanc could be using this season to envision what things could look like in Columbus. Stephen Means, cleveland, 14 Oct. 2021 Congress also must clarify the parameters of an acceptable new agreement that Republicans and Democrats could envision as a binding treaty. Mark Dubowitz, WSJ, 28 Sep. 2021 Could McDaniels ever envision a scenario in which Newton and Jones are rotated depending on matchups? BostonGlobe.com, 4 Aug. 2021 The researchers envision the satellite as a square with all the tech tucked inside. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of envision

1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Envision.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/envision. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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