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[en-vizh-uh n] /ɛnˈvɪʒ ən/
verb (used with object)
to picture mentally, especially some future event or events:
to envision a bright future.
Origin of envision
1920-25; en-1 + vision Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It was not easy to envision, but he found it impossible to imagine sinking back to his former state.

    The Forgotten Planet Murray Leinster
  • This first, envision it in your mind and you are in the state.

    The Six Fingers of Time Raphael Aloysius Lafferty
  • “I certainly agree with you,” declared Penny, for she could not envision young Ottman as a saboteur.

    Saboteurs on the River Mildred A. Wirt
  • A trained man could envision a drug that would serve any desired purpose.

  • One could very well,” one of his biographers declares, “envision him as a knight in full armor leading a troop in the charge.

    Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark Jens Christian Aaberg
British Dictionary definitions for envision


(transitive) to conceive of as a possibility, esp in the future; foresee
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for envision

1914, from en- (1) "make, put in" + vision. Related: Envisioned; envisioning. Earlier (1827) is envision'd in sense "endowed with vision."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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