envisage

[en-viz-ij]

verb (used with object), en·vis·aged, en·vis·ag·ing.

to contemplate; visualize: He envisages an era of great scientific discoveries.
Archaic. to look in the face of; face.

Origin of envisage

From the French word envisager, dating back to 1810–20. See en-1, visage
Related formsen·vis·age·ment, noun

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Related Words for envisage

picture, visualize, consider, confront, image, regard

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British Dictionary definitions for envisage

envisage

verb (tr)

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
Derived Formsenvisagement, noun

Word Origin for envisage

C19: from French envisager, from en- 1 + visage face, visage

usage

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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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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