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picture (one) as (something)

1. To imagine that one is or might be a certain type of person or thing. I always pictured you as a lawyer when you got older. I lived next to them my whole life—I can't picture them as killers!
2. To create an image in one's mind of one being or looking a certain way. I can't help but laugh picturing my brother the hippie as some straight-laced police officer. Growing up, whenever my mom talked about my cousin being in the Navy Seals, I always pictured him as a literal seal wearing a military uniform.
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picture someone as someone or something

to imagine someone as someone or a type of person; to form a mental picture of someone as someone or a type of person. Just picture me as Santa Claus! I can't picture you as a doctor.
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'I picture someone like Cate Blanchett when I create my designs: intelligent, strong, feminine.
When you picture someone with gout, you may think of an older, overweight man who likes his burgers and Budwieser--and that wouldn't be inaccurate.
"Picture someone copying a medieval book -- if you picture anything, you're going to picture a monk, not a nun," said Alison Beach, a historian at Ohio State University, and an author on the study.
Take a look at tml" target="_blankthe unimaginative names from the first NYS scandal ndash Reinforced Concrete, Roof and All, Braincraft, Mindful, Essential Prodigy, Critical Mass, Bright Thinking ndash and you picture someone being asked to quickly come up with company names to enable payments to be wired before the banks close.
But when examining them through the lens of metalcasters as puzzle solvers, however, I picture someone clapping their hands and rubbing them together determinedly.
I look down at William Pennewell's grave and picture someone else standing in this spot, but at a different time.
"We've got a picture someone sent us and they said: 'I guess this is why you do it' and it's a picture of a young lad absolutely mesmerised by the lights."
You also get a garden, and judging by the picture someone has attempted to create a gazebo - complete with a chair and, er, a wheelbarrow.
And turning to leaked emails where Angelina Jolie was branded a "spoiled brat", Jen adds: "I can't picture someone saying that about a man."
You certainly don't picture someone living hand to mouth, with no heating or running water, in a cave cut out of Spain's Sacromonte mountains.
If Lebanon was a man or woman, I'd picture someone very stylish, enjoying a song and dance, while eating tabbouleh and holding up a glass of something merry-looking in their hand; a bon-viveur trying to make the most of their evening before the electricity is cut off.
I am reminded of the good spirited picture someone shared on Facebook, a family where the father carries a sign that said "I am Sunni", the mother a sign that said "I am Shia", and the little girl carries a sign "I am
I picture someone climbing the corporate ladder (nothing wrong with that--I've been there) and thinking, "Sigh, I better go read a novel so I can create better PowerPoint presentations." That's missing the point, right?