see beyond (someone or something)

see beyond (someone or something)

1. Literally, to look some distance past or in front of someone or something. It was impossible to see beyond the person directly in front of us in the snow storm. You can't see beyond the bend on these sharp turns, so you'll need to take them very slowly. I tried to see beyond the two police officers guarding the door to figure out what was happening inside.
2. To imagine, perceive, or anticipate the future as it will occur after some point or occurrence in time. A few savvy investors were able to see beyond the dire financial situation, setting themselves up for huge profits down the line. You have to learn to see beyond the issues you're having in the here and now if you're going to figure out how to improve things in the future.
3. To perceive or understand things that happen or exist outside the limits or scope of something. You've got to see beyond your own petty issues and realize that there are much more important things at stake right now. The CEO is trying to see beyond the company's current role in the market in order to expand and diversify its revenue streams.
See also: beyond, see

see beyond something

 
1. Lit. to be able to perceive into the distance beyond something. Can you see beyond the big tree there, where the barn is on the horizon? I can't see beyond the end of the road. I think I need glasses.
2. Fig. to be able to imagine the future beyond a certain time or event. He can't see beyond the next dayno sense of the future. Todd is usually able to see beyond his immediate situation. Ida not know what happened this time.
See also: beyond, see