- to contemplate; visualize: He envisages an era of great scientific discoveries.
- Archaic. to look in the face of; face.
Origin of envisage
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1. picture, imagine, conceive, envision.
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Does he envisage the possibility of a political stalemate in Iraq?Paul Bremer's Victory Lap
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And he was horror enough for any man in my circumstances to envisage.The Strolling Saint
Vainly I rack my brains to envisage the manner of their passing.
Polter continued standing, I could envisage his sardonic grin.Beyond the Vanishing Point
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He did not at first envisage his own plight in definite and comprehensible terms.The War in the Air
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Desperately I tried to envisage a situation so utterly beyond reason.The Tower of Oblivion
- 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
C19: from French envisager, from en- 1 + visage face, visage
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
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Word Origin and History for envisage
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