en·​vi·​sion | \in-ˈvi-zhən, 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.

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Volpe envisions the building as a wedding venue, with a boutique hotel overlooking the river and a cafe on the ground floor near Penn Treaty Park, Forkin says. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "Will a new riverfront concert venue close the gap between Fishtown and the Delaware - or widen it?," 28 June 2018 City envisions neon sign park McVay said that in years to come, Mesa envisions erecting a neon sign park to showcase the city's storied neon history. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Mesa donates $5,000 to save neon sign from closed Main Street Dairy Queen," 16 June 2018 One of the Governor's Mansion Foundation's board members, Rex Hime, said the group envisions a museum modeled after the California Museum. Ellen Garrison, sacbee, "A new historical museum is envisioned for Sacramento. Here's what it would focus on | The Sacramento Bee," 13 Apr. 2018 La Cocina has officially signed a lease at 101 Hyde St. in the Tenderloin, envisioned as the future home of its sprawling food hall and culinary incubator. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "La Cocina’s Tenderloin food hall takes a step forward," 11 July 2018 Trump more broadly envisioned a bright future for the US space program, pledging to revive the country's flagging efforts, return to the moon, and eventually send a human mission that would reach Mars. The Christian Science Monitor, "Trump announces plans for a new military branch: 'Space Force'," 19 June 2018 Trump envisioned a bright future for the U.S. space program, pledging to revive the country’s flagging efforts, return to the moon and eventually send a manned mission that would reach Mars. Marcia Dunn, BostonGlobe.com, "President Trump tells Pentagon to create ‘Space Force’," 18 June 2018 Garrido envisioned a bright future, a championship-level program, and this is as good a chance as any for Tadlock's team to become just that. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas Tech seeks a breakthrough at College World Series," 17 June 2018 Fortunately for Ashland, Neuman fell in love with history and North envisioned a future. Joe Jackson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Pair of hospitality mavens a force in Ashland’s growing dining, lodging landscape," 24 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of envision

: to think of (something that you believe might exist or happen in the future) : to picture (something) in your mind

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