envision

verb

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

transitive verb

: to picture to oneself
envisions a career dedicated to promoting peace
Choose the Right Synonym for envision

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 The new proposal envisions a complex of about 209,000 square feet — about 16 percent smaller than the original 249,200 square feet proposed. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 3 July 2024 Enlarge Aurich Lawson/Getty Images Since antiquity, humans have envisioned various means of time travel into the future or the past. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 2 July 2024 The deal, as previously envisioned, also would set aside more than $4 billion to buy shares of Paramount investors who are eager to exit. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2024 Already known as a lock-down defender, Castle envisions the Spurs’ defense being a force in the near future. Kels Dayton, Hartford Courant, 1 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for envision 

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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of envision was in 1855

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“Envision.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/envision. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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envision

verb
en·​vi·​sion in-ˈvizh-ən How to pronounce envision (audio)
: to picture to oneself
envisions herself as a doctor
could not envision the building from the description

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