verb (used with object), en·vis·aged, en·vis·ag·ing.

  1. to contemplate; visualize: He envisages an era of great scientific discoveries.
  2. Archaic. to look in the face of; face.

verb (tr)

  1. to form a mental image of; visualize; contemplate
  2. to conceive of as a possibility in the future; foresee
  3. archaic to look in the face of; confront

1778, from French envisager “look in the face of,” from en- “cause to” (see en- (1)) + visage “face” (see visage). Related: Envisaged; envisaging.

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