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 Tramble envisions an employment hub that benefits existing residents first and foremost and says redevelopment proposals will be evaluated accordingly. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Tim Tramble builds toward ‘the ultimate city to live in’: Cleveland Champions," 1 Dec. 2019 Now, techniques borrowed from engineering, physics and even video games are helping experts envision and examine these extinct animals in ways never before possible. Riley Black, Smithsonian, "Video Game-Inspired Models Demonstrate How Prehistoric Squid Relatives Swam Through the Seas," 27 Nov. 2019 The initial deal envisioned that the company would build the largest and costliest type of flat-screen plant currently constructed, but Foxconn has scaled back those plans and now is building a significantly smaller factory in Mount Pleasant. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Foxconn likely will be a drag on Wisconsin economy, market-oriented researchers suggest," 27 Nov. 2019 This hasn’t been the farewell season Roach envisioned. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Texas Longhorns’ seniors reflect on ups and downs of last few years under Tom Herman, Charlie Strong," 27 Nov. 2019 This is not how the iconic quarterback envisioned his 20th season going. BostonGlobe.com, "Welcome to Tom Brady’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year.," 24 Nov. 2019 By resetting the ballet, Gold is able to dispense with the Moor, envision a more hopeful ending and create a more easily recognizable world for local audiences. Heather Wisner | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "The Portland Ballet delivers a ‘Petrushka’ with a decidedly Rose City feel," 23 Nov. 2019 Painting with microbes Like other art forms, agar art involves some planning: coming up with the idea, envisioning the composition, choosing the medium, and choosing the colors. Jennifer Tsang, National Geographic, "This gorgeous art was made with a surprising substance: live bacteria," 20 Nov. 2019 However, her hair didn’t turn out exactly how the star envisioned. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Scarlett Johansson Calls This Look Her Biggest Beauty Regret: 'It Was Electrical Socket Crazy'," 15 Nov. 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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5 Dec 2019

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“Envision.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/envisioned. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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 state or do over again or repeatedly

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