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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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  • As a good mental exercise try to envision money as deleted from a mental image of the problem.
  • But eventually they become completely invested in the profession, unable to envision themselves doing anything else.
  • But spaceport proponents envision a world destination bustling with space tourists and frequent rocket launches.
  • It empowered him to call this world into question and to envision another.
  • Have students ask their parents how they envision each family member's territory at home.
  • Tellingly, not only can he not recall the past, he can't envision the future.
  • The two designers envision a production facility on every desktop.
  • We can envision various sabbatical scenarios that would not justify deduction of travel expenses.
  • Many still envision them as loners toiling in their garrets, perhaps with a nasty cough.
  • The company does not envision users plunking quarters into the device, however.
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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