- 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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- 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 envisagement
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