Definition of envisage in English:

envisage

verb

[with object]
  • 1Contemplate or conceive of as a possibility or a desirable future event.

    ‘the Rome Treaty envisaged free movement across frontiers’
    • ‘I do not pretend to be able to envisage all the various possibilities.’
    • ‘The plan also envisages the establishment of eight district councils working under the Provisional Council.’
    • ‘He explained that he envisages himself working there for the next 25 years.’
    • ‘The issue is envisaged in the 2002 budget.’
    • ‘She envisaged a future where borders between the two countries would become irrelevant.’
    • ‘The scheme envisages a new bus station, shops and 100 homes, with some leisure and offices.’
    • ‘We got it far more wrong than we ever envisaged at the time.’
    • ‘Ninety per cent of the 162 submissions opposed the nationwide introduction of e-voting as currently envisaged.’
    • ‘I didn't envisage this would be a problem, but I was wrong.’
    • ‘Overall, the day was great success and it is envisaged that similar events will be held in the future.’
    • ‘The document envisages the creation of 240 000 jobs to permanently reduce unemployment to below 10 per cent.’
    • ‘Another idea envisages the creation of a national investment fund under the supervision of the regional development ministry.’
    • ‘The work was divided into five stages but the proposal envisaged continuous, uninterrupted progression of the project.’
    • ‘Nobody can know what kind of world will result from the interplay of these forces, but it is possible to envisage plausible futures.’
    • ‘The parliament's planners originally envisaged that the specialist glazing would cost £1.8m.’
    • ‘The plan also envisages the creation of a trading company which would covenant all profits back to the parent company.’
    • ‘Two of the 15 constitutional drafts envisaged the establishment of a national ombudsman as a constitutional institution.’
    • ‘Indeed it is envisaged that in the future it could also be used for clinics by consultants.’
    • ‘Neither the safety regulations nor risk factor calculations had envisaged the possibility of this type of accident.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, he said that the project is envisaged to be a success.’
    foresee, predict, forecast, foretell, anticipate, expect, think likely, envision
    imagine, contemplate, visualize, envision, picture, see in one's mind's eye
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    1. 1.1 Form a mental picture of (something not yet existing or known)
      ‘he knew what he liked but had difficulty envisaging it’
      • ‘She would then envisage what the desired final print should look like and expose the negative accordingly.’
      • ‘In most of the tapestries that we see in museums or country houses the dyes have faded badly and it is difficult to envisage the impact they had when first hung.’
      • ‘A large, whitewashed house just yards from a white beach and a little stone harbour, it is difficult to envisage a more perfect location.’
      • ‘Living the student lifestyle, it becomes difficult to envisage yourself in a ‘normal’ routine.’
      • ‘I have difficulty really envisaging how that could have happened.’
      • ‘Frankly, it's difficult to envisage him being nearly as influential in any role other than that of the focal point of the attack.’
      • ‘If this is so, it is difficult not to envisage the death-rate substantially increasing.’
      • ‘He should have envisaged what would happen to him after insulting her sister.’
      • ‘In these circumstances it is difficult to envisage anyone using their law or medical degree for benevolent reasons.’
      • ‘With a user base of over one million people, it is difficult to envisage a way in which this difficulty can be overcome.’
      • ‘Regardless of the outcome, it is difficult to envisage the resumption of business as usual afterwards.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

envisage

/ɪnˈvɪzɪdʒ//ɛnˈvɪzɪdʒ/