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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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