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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Children whose childhoods were stolen from them began to envision a hopeful future. Ephrat Livni, Quartz Africa, "What Ugandans can teach each of us about justice," 14 July 2019 Plans envision a drive-thru Starbucks in a 5,500-square-foot space with 27 parking spots on Sweetwater Road just east of Interstate 805 and north of state Route 54. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Plans for Starbucks in National City move ahead," 24 June 2019 So much for the democratic mixing of the classes that landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted envisioned in his urban parks. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Column: These fields of dreams aren’t in Iowa cornfields," 21 June 2019 Claudia Saenz, 30, first envisioned CVC in 2014 while living in Austin, Texas. Dorany Pineda, latimes.com, "The Chulita Vinyl Club is curbing cultural erasure one spinning record at a time," 15 June 2019 The images are supplemented by a 360-degree video function that helps buyers better envision each piece in a space. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "See Inside Ben Soleimani’s Fast-Paced, Stylish Worlds in California and London," 17 Apr. 2019 That then could lead to a ride-hailing service like the one Waymo envisions in Arizona. Michael Liedtke, The Seattle Times, "Google spinoff to test truly driverless cars in California," 31 Oct. 2018 His 16 to 19-course tasting menu ($187) turns familiar Mexican flavors into creative dishes — frijoles and carne asada are re-envisioned in totally different and sophisticated ways. Michael Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "The 4 best tasting-menu restaurants in the Mission," 17 June 2018 Separately, a number of private corporations have begun to envision living outside of Earth's orbit, like SpaceX and Blue Origin. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "These Students Built Fake Moon Bases Under the Swiss Alps," 28 June 2019

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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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to form ideas or theories about something

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