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envision (someone or something) as (someone or something else)

To picture or fantasize about someone or something as being different than it currently is. I'm sorry, but Brian is so shy that I just can't envision him as a news anchor. Try to envision the office as a nursery.
See also: envision, something

envision someone as someone else

 and envision something as something else
to imagine or fantasize someone as someone else; to imagine or fantasize something as something else. I envision her as the next company president. We envisioned this as larger than it turned out to be.
See also: else, envision
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Country: USASector: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Wholesale/RetailTarget: Envision Pharmaceutical Services Inc, Design Rx, Envision Insurance Company, Envision Medical Solutions Inc, Orchard Pharmaceutical Services Inc , Envision Pharmaceutical Holdings IncBuyer: TPG Capital LP , Other management, James Mindala, Barry Katz, Kevin NagleType: LBO, MBOFinancing: DebtStatus: Closed
Envision Student of the Year winner - Alex Pike, Bishop Vesey's Grammar School Alex took on a leadership role within his Envision team who tackled the issue of Homelessness.
ENVISION allows the use of previously dedicated application servers to meet increased performance requirements.