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.

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Another would envision modest reductions in heat-trapping gases, and the third would involve severe cuts in carbon dioxide pollution. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump rejects key conclusion of US government climate report," 27 Nov. 2018 That is hardly the Brexit that the hard-liners envisioned and sold to voters. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "On Brexit, It’s Decision Time for Theresa May (and for Her Critics)," 4 July 2018 The police envisioned a system that collected massive amounts of data — social media feeds, attendance records, school incident reports, nearby crimes, citizens’ tips — and funneled it through software to identify patterns or signs of trouble. NBC News, "Schools are spending billions on high-tech security. But are students any safer?," 20 May 2018 If someone asked you to envision a classic American cottage, the picture of a Cape Cod house surely comes to mind. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Cape Cod-Style Houses," 9 Nov. 2018 More broadly, these ads highlight a wholly new way to envision a campaign. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump’s confusion about Bush’s slogan illustrates his narrow view of the presidency," 9 July 2018 It’s hard to envision a more enthusiastic canine companion in the attempt to save a life. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Enthusiastic Hero Dog Has Been Trained to Perform CPR on a Police Officer," 26 June 2018 Additionally, Markland's wife, StringLight Marketing owner Deb Markland, co-founded Thirty Tigers with David Macias in 2001, so Steve Markland was able to envision how the Downtown/Thirty Tigers partnership with Silvas could work. Tom Roland, Billboard, "Downtown Steps In to Fund a Release By BMG's Lucie Silvas: 'Hasn't Happened Before... Certainly Not in Nashville'," 20 June 2018 Even before last season, Holmes had envisioned becoming a versatile defender. Aaron Reiss, kansascity, "This Mizzou defender missed last season — and became a smarter football player," 13 June 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

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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