Definition of envisage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈvɪzɪdʒ/
Pronunciation: /ɛnˈvɪzɪdʒ/


[with object]
1Contemplate or conceive of as a possibility or a desirable future event: the Rome Treaty envisaged free movement across frontiers
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  • Overall, the day was great success and it is envisaged that similar events will be held in the future.
  • Indeed it is envisaged that in the future it could also be used for clinics by consultants.
  • Nobody can know what kind of world will result from the interplay of these forces, but it is possible to envisage plausible futures.
foresee, predict, forecast, foretell, anticipate, expect, think likely, envision;
intend, propose, mean
imagine, contemplate, visualize, envision, picture, see in one's mind's eye;
conceive of, think of, understand, grasp, appreciate, apprehend
rare ideate
1.1Form a mental picture of (something not yet existing or known): he knew what he liked but had difficulty envisaging it
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  • I have difficulty really envisaging how that could have happened.
  • With a user base of over one million people, it is difficult to envisage a way in which this difficulty can be overcome.
  • A large, whitewashed house just yards from a white beach and a little stone harbour, it is difficult to envisage a more perfect location.


Early 19th century: from French envisager, from en- 'in' + visage 'face'.

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