[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 envisioning

Historical Examples of envisioning

  • He had some pleasure later, though, envisioning what went elsewhere.

    Pariah Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • And we were all dreamers, envisioning the seas with death grapples, ship and ship.

    Wounds in the rain

    Stephen Crane

  • I'd been envisioning ourselves as marooned, yes, but relatively safe as long as we were thought to be dead.

  • Mentally she was envisioning the whole scene of the story which hesitatingly—almost unwilling, it seemed—Elisabeth had poured out.

    The Hermit of Far End

    Margaret Pedler

  • What child, envisioning a desert island all his own could imagine that his island would be the whole world?

British Dictionary definitions for envisioning



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



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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