envisage

[ en-viz-ij ]
/ ɛnˈvɪz ɪdʒ /

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.

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Origin of envisage

From the French word envisager, dating back to 1810–20. See en-1, visage

OTHER WORDS FROM envisage

en·vis·age·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for envisage

envisage
/ (ɪnˈvɪzɪdʒ) /

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 forms of envisage

envisagement, noun

Word Origin for envisage

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

usage for envisage

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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