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 In their most futuristic view, some experts can envision a sports world created mainly for the media consumer, through mainstream broadcast and streaming services, with arenas turned into basically elaborate television stages. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Harsh times could await some Bay Area teams as coronavirus slows cash flow," 14 May 2020 Weislogel envisioned pump-less systems where liquid moves based on the shape and size of containers, like fuel depots that can orbit the moon and transfer propellant to a spacecraft without a pump. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Astronauts experimented with Nickelodeon's slime in space," 13 May 2020 The design standards envision the walkway running between the end of East Bruce Street, where the Milwaukee and Kinnickinnic rivers converge, up the Kinnickinnic River through the inner harbor to Lincoln Field, 300 W. Lincoln Ave. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Harbor and Kinnickinnic River walkway to balance industry, future development under new design standards," 11 May 2020 In the late 1950s and early '60s, aerospace engineers working on rocket engines envisioned RDEs as a way to turn a problem into a solution. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Military space plane returns to pad, SLS engine costs soar," 8 May 2020 Many envision it as a vital part of their post-pandemic future. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Here's what visiting museums could be like once they reopen during the coronavirus fight," 6 May 2020 Well before the Smithsonian was established, Peale had already envisioned a national institution dedicated to the arts, sciences and American ideals and asked Humboldt to convince Jefferson to buy his museum collection as the foundation. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Mastodon is a Centerpiece of an Art Exhibition. Why?," 1 May 2020 Until then, White House guidelines envision some economically damaging social-distancing practices maintained even as the U.S. begins to resume a more normal social and business life. Jennifer Jacobs, Fortune, "The U.S. has a new plan to fast-track a COVID-19 vaccine: ‘Operation Warp Speed’," 30 Apr. 2020 Even from the outset, the developers envisioned the aircraft as not only a transport plane, but also a flying launch pad for future space vehicles. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "Why the An-225 Mriya Is Such a Badass Plane," 28 Apr. 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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22 May 2020

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“Envision.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/envision. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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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