en·​vi·​sion in-ˈvi-zhən How to pronounce envision (audio)
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 These new regiments are envisioned as one piece of a broader strategy to synchronize the operations of U.S. soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen, and in turn with the militaries of allies and partners in the Pacific. Ellen Nakashima, Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2024 Rachel envisions a future where the magic of Gigglewaters transcends boundaries, spreading its immersive experience to visitors from far and wide. Hilary Tetenbaum, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2024 The original blueprint envisioned a five-story structure fitted with roughly 40 rooms, a pool, and an interior courtyard. Jaime Moore-Carrillo, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 25 Mar. 2024 The project developers also envision street-level retail spaces that would total 12,200 square feet. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 25 Mar. 2024 Our team envisioned a leadless and more flexible pacemaker that could precisely stimulate multiple areas of the heart. Pengju Li, Discover Magazine, 23 Mar. 2024 Despite initially envisioning himself as a producer, his destiny as an artist unfolded gradually. Walaa Elsiddig, Billboard, 21 Mar. 2024 While Austin envisions a blossoming future for the park, the site's history runs vast and deep. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Mar. 2024 With a week left before the Giants break camp, the 36-year-old right-hander is further along than anybody — perhaps except himself — could have envisioned when Dr. Marc Philippon took a knife to his left hip on Oct. 31 in Vail, Colorado. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 17 Mar. 2024

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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 12 Apr. 2024.

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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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