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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.
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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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Another envisioned mission is the Interstallar Probe, to venture beyond the heliopause -- the "edge" of the sun's influence -- to study the interstellar medium.
For this reason, none of the large optical telescopes in which West German participation is envisioned will be located in Germany.
Together, Cluster and SOHO have been envisioned a Europehs primary entries in a proposed International Solar-Terrestrial Physics program, which would also include participation from the United States and Japan.
Matese at the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette created the new theory by merging two ideas that were proposed in the past for reasons totally unrelated to periodic comet impacts and mass extinctions: a tenth planet, dubbed Planet X and envisioned to reside beyond the orbit of Pluto; and a disk or belt of comets throught to lie in the plane of the solar system beyond Neptune.
Planet X is envisioned to complete one orbit every 1,000 years.
Nemesis is the name of the proposed sister star to the sun that is envisioned to intrude on the so-called Oort cloud of comets at distances much farther from the sun than the proposed orbit of Planet X (SN: 4/21/84, p.