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Definition of envisage verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

envisage

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪnˈvɪzɪdʒ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvɪzɪdʒ//
 
(especially British English) (usually North American English envision)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they envisage
BrE BrE//ɪnˈvɪzɪdʒ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvɪzɪdʒ//
 
he / she / it envisages
BrE BrE//ɪnˈvɪzɪdʒɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvɪzɪdʒɪz//
 
past simple envisaged
BrE BrE//ɪnˈvɪzɪdʒd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvɪzɪdʒd//
 
past participle envisaged
BrE BrE//ɪnˈvɪzɪdʒd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvɪzɪdʒd//
 
-ing form envisaging
BrE BrE//ɪnˈvɪzɪdʒɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvɪzɪdʒɪŋ//
 
 
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to imagine what will happen in the future envisage something What level of profit do you envisage? envisage (somebody) doing something I can't envisage her coping with this job. I don’t envisage working with him again. it is envisaged that… It is envisaged that the talks will take place in the spring. envisage that… I envisage that the work will be completed next year. envisage how, where, etc… It is difficult to envisage how people will react. Synonymsimaginethink see envisage envisionThese words all mean to form an idea in your mind of what somebody/​something might be like.imagine to form an idea in your mind of what somebody/​something might be like:The house was just as she had imagined it.think to imagine something that might happen or might have happened:We couldn’t think where you’d gone. Just think—this time tomorrow we’ll be lying on a beach.see to consider something as a future possibility; to imagine somebody as something:I can’t see her changing her mind. His colleagues see him as a future director.envisage (especially British English) to imagine what will happen in the future:I don’t envisage working with him again. The usual word for this in American English is envision (see below).envision to imagine what a situation will be like in the future, especially a situation that you intend to work towards:They envision an equal society, free from poverty and disease. Envision is used especially in business and political contexts. In North American English it is also used as another form of the word envisage:I don’t envision working with him again.Patterns to imagine/​see/​envisage/​envision somebody/​something as something to imagine/​see/​envisage/​envision (somebody) doing something to imagine/​think/​see/​envisage/​envision who/​what/​how… to imagine/​think/​envisage/​envision that… Word Origin early 19th cent.: from French envisager, from en- ‘in’ + visage ‘face’.Extra examples I cannot envisage myself playing again next season It was never envisaged that this would be a long-term solution. It was originally envisaged that the talks would take place in the spring. Eventually she did end up involved in politics, but not in the way she had originally envisaged. I can’t envisage her coping very well with the job. I don’t envisage working with him again.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: envisage