Envision vs. invision

Envision (which is different from envisage) is the standard spelling of the verb meaning to picture in the mind or imagine. Invision is an alternate spelling that is no longer in use.

A 1913 Webster’s unabridged dictionary lists a separate noun sense of invisionlack of vision or the power of seeing. But we can’t find any examples of the word used this way.

Examples

The way they were struggling early on this season made it hard to envision the Bears going so far. [AP]

Some envision the 375-acre site—larger than Stillwater Business Park’s first phase—as a huge economic development opportunity. [The Record Searchlight]

Planners envision a small “Panera-style” café that can also serve customers who aren’t visiting the gardens. [Orlando Sentinel]

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