envisage

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
  1. verb
    form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case
    synonyms: 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
    prefigure
    imagine or consider beforehand
    think
    imagine or visualize
    fantasise, fantasize, fantasy
    indulge in fantasies
    daydream, dream, stargaze, woolgather
    have a daydream; indulge in a fantasy
    type of:
    create by mental act, create mentally
    create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands
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