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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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  • envisioning painted faces and feathered war bonnets.
  • Both are trying to commercialize the technology, envisioning it as a means for next-generation propulsion.
  • Neuroscientists for the first time have identified regions of the brain involved in envisioning future events.
  • As for envisioning her personal future, that was a lost cause.
  • In addition, there are many useful tools for envisioning your community and the character areas that lie within it.
British Dictionary definitions for envisioning


(transitive) to conceive of as a possibility, esp in the future; foresee
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Word Origin and History for envisioning



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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