envisage
transitive verb (-aged; -aging) Etymology: French envisager, from en- + visage face Date: 1660 1. to view or regard in a certain way <
envisages the slum as a hotbed of crime
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2. to have a mental picture of especially in advance of realization <
envisages an entirely new system of education
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Synonyms: see think

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • envisage — envisage, envision 1. Envisage is an early 19c loanword from French, meaning at first ‘to look in the face of’ and then (its current meaning) ‘to have a mental picture of (something yet to happen)’. Fowler (1926) dismissed it as an ‘undesirable… …   Modern English usage

  • Envisage — En*vis age (?; 48), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Envisaged} (?; 48); p. pr. & vb. n. {Envisaging}.] [F. envisager; pref. en (L. in) + visage face, visage. See {Visage}.] To look in the face of; to apprehend; to regard. [R.] Keats. [1913 Webster] From the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • envisagé — envisagé, ée (an vi za jé, jée) part. passé. 1°   Regardé au visage. Envisagé par l agent de police et aussitôt reconnu. 2°   Regardé en esprit. Des périls envisagés avec sang froid …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • envisage — index compose, conceive (comprehend), conjure, invent (produce for the first time) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • envisage — 1778, from Fr. envisager look in the face of, from en cause to (see EN (Cf. en ) (1)) + visage face (see VISAGE (Cf. visage)). Related: Envisaged; envisaging …   Etymology dictionary

  • envisage — envisage, envision conceive, imagine, *think, realize, fancy Analogous words: view, behold, survey, contemplate (see SEE): objectify, externalize, materialize, *realize …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • envisage — / envision [v] picture in one’s mind anticipate, behold, conceive, conceptualize, contemplate, externalize, fancy, feature, foresee, form mental picture of*, grasp, have a picture of*, image, imagine, look upon, materialize, objectify, predict,… …   New thesaurus

  • envisagé — Envisagé, [envisag]ée. part. pass …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • envisage — ► VERB 1) regard or conceive of as a possibility. 2) form a mental picture of. ORIGIN French envisager, from visage face …   English terms dictionary

  • envisage — [en viz′ij, inviz′ij] vt. envisaged, envisaging [Fr envisager: see EN 1 & VISAGE] 1. Rare to face; confront 2. to form an image of in the mind; visualize; imagine …   English World dictionary

  • envisage */*/ — UK [ɪnˈvɪzɪdʒ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms envisage : present tense I/you/we/they envisage he/she/it envisages present participle envisaging past tense envisaged past participle envisaged a) to have something as a plan or an intention The… …   English dictionary

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