[en-vizh-uh n]

verb (used with object)

to picture mentally, especially some future event or events: to envision a bright future.

Origin of envision

First recorded in 1920–25; en-1 + vision
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Contemporary Examples of envision

Historical Examples of envision

  • This first, envision it in your mind and you are in the state.

    The Six Fingers of Time

    Raphael Aloysius Lafferty

  • A trained man could envision a drug that would serve any desired purpose.

  • One could very well,” one of his biographers declares, “envision him as a knight in full armor leading a troop in the charge.

  • They could envision the meeting of those problems, and they could envision the obtaining of jungle-plows.

    The Pirates of Ersatz

    Murray Leinster

  • “I certainly agree with you,” declared Penny, for she could not envision young Ottman as a saboteur.

    Saboteurs on the River

    Mildred A. Wirt

British Dictionary definitions for envision



(tr) to conceive of as a possibility, esp in the future; foresee
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Word Origin and History for envision

1914, from en- (1) "make, put in" + vision. Related: Envisioned; envisioning. Earlier (1827) is envision'd in sense "endowed with vision."

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