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envisage (ɪnˈvɪzɪdʒ Pronunciation for envisage


verb (transitive)

  1. to form a mental image of; visualize; contemplate
  2. to conceive of as a possibility in the future; foresee
  3. (archaic) to look in the face of; confront
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

Derived Forms

enˈvisagement noun

Word Origin

C19: from French envisager, from en-1 + visage face, visage


View thesaurus entry
= imagine, contemplate, conceive (of), visualize, picture, fancy, think up, conceptualize

Translations for 'envisage'

  • British English: envisage If you envisage something, you imagine that it is true, real, or likely to happen. VERBHe envisages the possibility of establishing direct diplomatic relations in the future.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: prever
  • Chinese: 设想设設想
  • European Spanish: prever
  • French: envisager
  • German: sich vorstellen
  • Italian: considerare
  • Japanese: 想像する
  • Korean: > 그려 보다마음속으로
  • Portuguese: prever
  • Spanish: prever

Example Sentences Including 'envisage'

And Francis, long afterwards, could envisage them, envisage it all.
Dare Call It Treason
I have spent a lot of money on my home and all I can envisage now is the value of my home falling.
Liverpool Daily Post and Echo (2003)
It is hard to envisage circumstances where Pyongyang would be any less cautious about using force at the nuclear level.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2005)
Only Seafood restaurant owner Calvin Shepherd, of Paihia, did not envisage the ban having a major effect on his business.
New Zealand Herald (2003)
Reformers used to envisage improving on the past, building on the past.
Peregrine Worsthorne IN DEFENCE OF ARISTOCRACY (2004)
Terry Travis might be there as well, although Trish did not know enough about him to be able to envisage him as a soldier.
Melville, Anne The Hardie Inheritance
They did not envisage defeat, loss, failure, disappointment or humiliation.
What kind of problems do you envisage for the Chinese economy in the future?
Business Today (2001)


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