see beyond (someone or something)

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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
References in classic literature ?
Will felt as if he were forced to cross his small boundary ditch, and what he saw beyond it was not empire, but discontented subjection.
In its cold light I saw beyond the trees a broken fringe of rocks, and the long, low curve of the melancholy moor.
He, by some wonder of vision, saw beyond the farthest outpost of empiricism, where was no language for narration, and yet, by some golden miracle of speech, investing known words with unknown significances, he conveyed to Martin's consciousness messages that were incommunicable to ordinary souls.
I thought sometimes I saw beyond its wild waters a shore, sweet as the hills of Beulah; and now and then a freshening gale, wakened by hope, bore my spirit triumphantly towards the bourne: but I could not reach it, even in fancy--a counteracting breeze blew off land, and continually drove me back.
The wintry road curved over a ridge in cutting frost, with cruel black shapes of bush and thicket; but Flambeau fancied that he saw beyond it faintly the edge of an aureole that was not starlight and moonlight, but some fire such as is made by men.
And so in jokey, defensive mode, A few, impersonal, "secrets" I revealed, Like "most of my hair, a few teeth, And possibly my sanity," But he saw beyond my smokescreen, And once more he asked, "No, what have you really lost?" Then I realised it was those closest to me, Who'd passed on, that I'd really lost, My parents, family and friends, And colleagues, whose memories, Still shone like beacons, Long after they'd gone, And irreplaceable personal things, That weren't actually worth a lot, Like my World Cup programme from '66, Stolen, with the only tape recording, Of me singing "Love Divine," in church, When I was eight.
Medical students get lectures on the history of medicine, but many schools do not discuss Rizal as a role model, a physician who saw beyond illnesses and who ended up opening a school while in exile in Dapitan.
But he saw beyond what was put in front of him in that small-sized (and, perhaps, small-minded) town...
IT was great to read Nicholas Fearn's article 'People who saw beyond my autism helped me change my life' (WM, February 5); and how he is making such a success of his life despite a diagnosis of Asperger's.
"Mia was a rare person who saw beyond race, creed and belief."
SMITTEN Corrie Hollingsworth has revealed how he saw beyond Andrea's disfigurement and fell in love with her.
Finally, when a poor child "who saw beyond price or appearance, one who understood what was truly precious" requests to simply look at the toys his family cannot afford to own, the miracle of Hanukkah is made manifest.
The UAE, with a clear guidance from President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the efforts of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, saw beyond the dispute and was keen to get the GCC march back on the right track.
And even when dawn brightened enough to show color in the landscape, I still saw beyond a fellow observer's head three brilliant Leonids at one time.