see as (something)
1. To imagine that one is or might be a certain type of person or thing. A noun or pronoun is used between "see" and "as." I always saw you as a lawyer when you got older. I lived next to them my whole life—I just can't see them as killers!
2. To create an image in one's mind of one being or looking a certain way. A noun or pronoun is used between "see" and "as." I can't help but laugh seeing 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 saw him as a literal seal wearing a military uniform.
3. To consider or imagine that something is or might be a particular type of thing. A noun or pronoun is used between "see" and "as." Rather than just being dejected by failure, try to see it as an opportunity to improve yourself and learn from your mistakes. I've always seen sports clubs as a great way of improving one's social life in addition to improving one's physical health.
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see someone as someone or something
to visualize someone as some other person or type of person. I see you as a perfect candidate for the job. I don't see you as mayor.
see someone as something
to consider someone or something; to deem someone or something as something. The manager saw the skilled employee as a godsend. John saw the new salesman as a threat to his territory.
see something as (something else)
to visualize or fantasize something as something else. I see this as a wonderful way to interest some new people in our organization. We all see this as a golden opportunity to get to know one another better.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.