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 Many economists envision as many as four Fed rate hikes in 2022. Christopher Rugaber, chicagotribune.com, 12 Jan. 2022 Many economists envision as many as four Fed rate hikes in 2022. Christopher Rugaber, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Jan. 2022 The forward-looking document does envision sweeping changes to the North Embarcadero, or what the port considers San Diego’s front door because of its location near the airport and cruise terminals. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Dec. 2021 Six months ago, with the vaccine rollout proceeding smoothly and case numbers falling, Biden and his aides could envision a decisive victory. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 10 Dec. 2021 Why not envision new forms of recognition for significant achievements that may be less visible than client work? Kathy Miller Perkins, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 Koskinas can envision the benefits if his department's cars could be trusted to drive responsibly, always doing the right thing. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, 19 Nov. 2021 Once the responders are available round-the-clock, Mr. Adams doesn't envision many concerns. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Nov. 2021 Even Doctor Strange can’t envision a scenario in which the Terps upset the Spartans. Ryan Mcfadden, baltimoresun.com, 4 Nov. 2021

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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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17 Jan 2022

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“Envision.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/envision. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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