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to visualize or form a mental picture


envisage = sich etwas vorstellen, mit etwas rechnen, voraussehen --- GOOGLE INDEX envisage: approximately 5,000,000 Google hits



Czech Republic does not ENVISAGE NATO troops on its soil

(Reuters news service)

I never ENVISAGED being a star. It happened so quickly and so stupidly. Suddenly, from nowhere, I was in the same room as George Harrison. I couldn't believe it.

(pop star Elton John)

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1.  to form a mental image of; visualize; contemplate

2.  to conceive of as a possibility in the future; foresee

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition

We can envisage something, but can we also envision? Certainly, but with a slight difference.

The words envisage and envision share the same Latin root meaning to see. To envisage is to contemplate or consider something — usually something real — in a certain way, or to predict a particular set of circumstances based on evidence or strong belief. Envisaging often relates to planning real-world projects.

When you envision something, it’s usually more hypothetical, imaginary, or removed from reality.
If you envision something happening, you can see it happening in your mind. The difference is subtle, but think of it this way: Envisaging usually involves something real, while envisioning involves mostly imaginary elements.

Despite, or perhaps because of this very fine difference, envisage and envision have essentially become synonymous through common usage. During a BBC interview for instance, pop star Elton John said, "I never envisaged being a star," although he could have also said "I never envisioned being a star." In either case, he became one.

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imagine, visualize, picture, fancy, foresee

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