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.
Recent Examples on the Web Eddie Chu, a former lawmaker slapped with at least five charges this year, struggles to envision what comes next for his city. Washington Post, "Six portraits from a year defined by loss," 30 Dec. 2020 Hard to envision Detroit keeping it close Sunday in Nashville if QB Matthew Stafford is out or even partially hampered by his rib issues. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL power rankings: Packers, Bills continue ascent as Saints, Steelers drop," 15 Dec. 2020 As the two worked through the lyrics line by line, Pagaduan was encouraged to envision the song in a broader way to live in a theatrical context, while still staying true to the story. Helen Bond, Dallas News, "Star turns: Dallas-area teens win national musical theater songwriting contest," 3 Dec. 2020 The development of vaccines that appear to be safe, effective and ready for wide distribution in the months ahead means it’s now possible to envision a post-Covid economy by summer. New York Times, "These ‘Little Land Mines’ Could Prevent a Summertime Boom," 1 Dec. 2020 And believing there is a vaccine coming allows people around the world to envision an end to social-distancing measures and sacrifices. Drew Armstrong, Bloomberg.com, "Pfizer Vaccine Brings Vision of Relief Even as Pandemic Rages On," 9 Nov. 2020 The European Union is beginning to envision a world not guaranteed by US power. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "The old world isn't coming back, no matter who wins the US presidential election," 3 Nov. 2020 These are concrete proposals that give restraint a clear meaning and make the end of primacy easier to envision. Daniel Bessner, The New Republic, "America Has No Duty to Rule the World," 21 Oct. 2020 Yet Adachi, known for his fanatical devotion to clients, seemed able to envision a different, brighter future for Abbas. Gabriel Thompson, Longreads, "Inside the Chaos of Immigration Court," 23 Sep. 2020

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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 2021

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“Envision.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/envision. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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