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[en-viz-ij] /ɛnˈvɪz ɪdʒ/
verb (used with object), envisaged, envisaging.
to contemplate; visualize:
He envisages an era of great scientific discoveries.
Archaic. to look in the face of; face.
1810-20; < French envisager. See en-1, visage
Related forms
envisagement, noun
1. picture, imagine, conceive, envision. Unabridged
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  • The organism to fulfil the process envisaged in this article probably already exists.
  • As those who had planned it had hoped, his capture was to prove an epochal event-but in ways they had not envisaged.
  • But they might never have envisaged a policy dilemma quite as acute as the one they now face.
  • They could not have envisaged keeping their promise in such concrete and spectacular fashion.
  • The cuts envisaged may not be ambitious, but the treaty does other useful things.
  • In fact, it depends on how easily it can be envisaged.
British Dictionary definitions for envisaged


verb (transitive)
to form a mental image of; visualize; contemplate
to conceive of as a possibility in the future; foresee
(archaic) to look in the face of; confront
Derived Forms
envisagement, noun
Usage note
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
Word Origin
C19: from French envisager, from en-1 + visage face, visage
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Word Origin and History for envisaged



1778, from French envisager "look in the face of," from en- "cause to" (see en- (1)) + visage "face" (see visage). Related: Envisaged; envisaging.

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