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Definitions for envisage
ɛnˈvɪz ɪdʒen·vis·age

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. imagine, conceive of, ideate, envisageverb

    form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case

    "Can you conceive of him as the president?"


  1. envisageverb

    To conceive or see something within one's mind. To imagine or envision.

    From the very dawn of existence the infant must envisage self, and body acting on self. uE000202275uE001 McCosh.

  2. Etymology: From envisager, from en + visage; see visage.


  1. envisage

    Envisage means to form a mental image of something; to imagine, foresee, or predict a future situation or event. It often involves considering or contemplating a possibility or plan for something that has not yet occurred.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Envisageverb

    to look in the face of; to apprehend; to regard

  2. Etymology: [F. envisager; pref. en- (L. in) + visage face, visage. See Visage.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Envisage

    en-viz′āj, v.t. to face: to consider.—n. Envis′agement. [Fr. envisageren, and visage, the visage.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'envisage' in Verbs Frequency: #759

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of envisage in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of envisage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of envisage in a Sentence

  1. Mairead McGuinness:

    What we envisage for this framework is similar to what we have with the United States, a voluntary structure to compare regulatory initiatives, exchange views on international developments and discuss equivalence related issues.

  2. Andre Bernheim:

    When the Apple Watch launched I couldn't envisage a 'normal' watch with its functionality, but I think it's possible now -- by limiting the watch's functions to those it make sense to have on the body. There's no point creating a watch to compete with your cellphone, especially since most people carry their phones with them. If I had to compromise the look I wouldn't add the function.

  3. Judge Deborah Taylor:

    Whilst you may have had fears as to what may happen to you, nonetheless you had a choice, it is difficult to envisage a more serious example of this offence.

  4. Theresa Reidy:

    It is looking less and less likely that a combination of Fine Gael and Labour are going to be able to get back into government, unless Labour see some steady improvement in the campaign, which is hard to envisage right now, you'll be left in the quite challenging position where government formation is up in the air. I expect a very uncertain period after the election.

  5. Rory McIlroy:

    Carnoustie last year I didn't envisage hitting that many drivers and then I got there the week of the tournament.

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