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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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 In Fairhope, Alabama’s fastest-growing city, there are few signs of the little colony that utopian founders envisioned on the once quiet banks of Mobile Bay. al.com, "In fast-growing Fairhope, dispute brews over conservation issues," 25 June 2019 The nonstop boos for Heavy Machinery also allowed viewers to envision the duo as heels, which, one day, would add a new dimension to their characters. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "WWE Stomping Grounds Takeaways: Rematches Cloud Otherwise Exciting Show," 23 June 2019 The immediate effects on their local economies might be difficult to envision (e.g., transacting on cellphones), but the longer-term impact on their governments would be undeniable. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "What could possibly go wrong with Facebook’s Libra?," 22 June 2019 Vitra Virgil Abloh, the consummate creative force behind fashion label Off-White, Louis Vuitton menswear, and Ikea furniture collaborations, is partnering with Vitra to envision the future of living. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Virgil Abloh reimagines Vitra furniture," 17 June 2019 If developed as currently envisioned, the Palmer project would be an underground mine that would process up to 3,500 metric tonnes of ore per day, or approximately 12.5 million metric tonnes over the life of the mine. Author: Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Southeast Alaska metals prospect has major potential, developers say," 14 June 2019 Even Elon Musk used to envision his grand Hyperloop project as a sort of public transport carrying shuttles full of pedestrians. James Vincent, The Verge, "Transport app Citymapper gives up on reinventing the bus," 12 June 2019 Calus and two partners have a deal with the Church of Scientology — which once envisioned the Alexandra as its local headquarters — to buy the old hotel and put a new one there. Tim Logan, BostonGlobe.com, "Why have these buildings sat empty for years and even decades?," 17 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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