Martin Luther King Jr. envisaged a time when black and white Americans would no longer be segregated by race. To envisage is to imagine something that does not yet exist.

The words envisage and envision share the same Latin root meaning to see. Both words are very similar in meaning but do have slight shades of difference. If you envision something happening, you can see it happening in your mind. I'm sure you can envision yourself graduating from high school! If you envisage something, you can imagine it, but not necessarily see it. You can envisage world peace, but it may be harder to envision it.

Definitions of envisage

v form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case

conceive of, ideate, imagine
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envision, fancy, figure, image, picture, project, see, visualise, visualize
imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind
visualise, visualize
form a mental picture of something that is invisible or abstract
envision, foresee
picture to oneself; imagine possible
fantasise, fantasize
portray in the mind
imagine or consider beforehand
imagine or visualize
fantasise, fantasize, fantasy
indulge in fantasies
daydream, dream, stargaze, woolgather
have a daydream; indulge in a fantasy
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create by mental act, create mentally
create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands

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