visualize as

visualize someone or something as someone or something

to imagine or envision someone as someone or something or something as something. I can almost visualize you as the president. I visualize this room as a meeting place for everyone.
References in classic literature ?
So now, you see, we begin to visualize a large book printed in double columns which are each of a considerable length, since one of the words is numbered in the document as the two hundred and ninety-third.