- 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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Examples from the Web for envisaging
Meimad was perhaps the closest thing to the sort of religious party I'm envisaging.The Idolatry Of The Religious Parties
March 6, 2013
This was the refuge he kept locked, using the expression and envisaging it.If Winter Comes
A stern way of envisaging the world: but it gives not only security against the gods, but also resignation and tranquillity.The Origin of Man and of his Superstitions
The fallacy of such arguments lies in envisaging the large problem of East and West from its partial expression.Japan and the California Problem
Life was no longer boring, he was envisaging everything from a new point of view, he had no longer any ambition.The Red and the Black
And then one of the towers flashed on a sub-ray—the dull infra-red for envisaging the slow rays below the power of human sight.Tarrano the Conqueror
Raymond King Cummings
- 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 envisaging
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