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

     

    envision

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈvɪʒn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvɪʒn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they envision
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈvɪʒn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvɪʒn//
     
    he / she / it envisions
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈvɪʒnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvɪʒnz//
     
    past simple envisioned
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈvɪʒnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvɪʒnd//
     
    past participle envisioned
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈvɪʒnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvɪʒnd//
     
    -ing form envisioning
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈvɪʒnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvɪʒnɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1envision something (formal) to imagine what a situation will be like in the future, especially a situation you intend to work towards They envision an equal society, free of poverty and disease. 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…
  2. 2(especially North American English) = envisage They didn't envision any problems with the new building.
  3. Extra examples He envisioned himself dying in a pool of his own blood. I can easily envision them working together. The work took longer than initially envisioned. If you can envision your goals, you can achieve those goals. They envision an equal society, free from poverty and disease. What level of profit do you envision?
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