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envisage

[en-viz-ij] /ɛnˈvɪz ɪdʒ/
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
1810-1820
1810-20; < French envisager. See en-1, visage
Related forms
envisagement, noun
Synonyms
1. picture, imagine, conceive, envision.
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British Dictionary definitions for envisages

envisage

/ɪnˈvɪzɪdʒ/
verb (transitive)
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
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 envisages

envisage

v.

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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