envisage

[en-viz-ij]
verb (used with object), envisaged, envisaging.
1.
to contemplate; visualize: He envisages an era of great scientific discoveries.
2.
Archaic. to look in the face of; face.

Origin:
1810–20; < French envisager. See en-1, visage

envisagement, noun


1. picture, imagine, conceive, envision.
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envisage (ɪnˈvɪzɪdʒ)
 
vb
1.  to form a mental image of; visualize; contemplate
2.  to conceive of as a possibility in the future; foresee
3.  archaic to look in the face of; confront
 
[C19: from French envisager, from en-1 + visage face, visage]
 
usage  It was formerly considered incorrect to use a clause after envisage as in it is envisaged that the new centre will cost £40 million, but this use is now acceptable
 
en'visagement
 
n

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envisage
1820, from Fr. envisager "look in the face of," from en- "cause to" + visage "face."
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Example sentences
In time, however, its leaders envisage full nationhood.
Try as one might, this perfect, antiseptic world some people envisage is
  unattainable.
The missile-defence scheme remains in its infancy, and is likely to cost more
  than current plans envisage.
Maybe she's not quite the pioneer or paragon you envisage her to be.
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