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 ?
Little can be seen beyond the bare walls of the one grand flat-bottomed valley, which the road follows up to the highest crest.
One thing could be seen beyond doubt--that was that at the actual moment the discussion was irritating Sergey Ivanovitch, and so it was wrong to continue it.
"I told you my name was Brown; well, that's the fact, and I'm the priest of the little Catholic Church I dare say you've seen beyond those straggly streets, where the town ends towards the north.
Mercado said that looking at mere stats won't do justice to the fairness of the trade as its true worth is usually seen beyond the numbers.
They were also not allowed to be seen beyond the place where they were limited, Aldefolio said.
As for those old clothes that haven't seen beyond a closet in months, someone less fortunate would surely be grateful to discover those fashionable finds at a local S(http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/) alvation Army or other donated clothing supplier.
They've never been to school, or a shop, or seen beyond its fences.
|Ben Bear Grylls They've never been to school, or a shop, or seen beyond its fences.
A couple of elephants were also seen beyond the barricades.
City hall (left) and the More London development (right) stand on the south bank of the River Thames as the Shard tower is seen beyond in London.
In the archive photograph the lamp standards surrounding the open air pool can be seen beyond the boating lake showing that this feature, which has now disappeared, was still there in the 1950s.
Lonely Planet offers similar advice to Mr Watchorn's, pointing out that there is a great deal of Bulgaria to be seen beyond its popular beaches along the Black Sea coast.
Taking a bit of a detour from the sexy gay arthouse dramas he's known for, Sebastien Lifshitz ("Come Undone") records the little-heard, agreeably candid voices of France's elderly lesbians and gay men in "The Invisible Ones." A Cannes berth and Lifshitz's name should help build the profile of this modestly rewarding piece, which will achieve its highest visibility at international queer fests but may be little seen beyond that rarefied sphere.
The American described McIlroy's course management as "shocking" and "some of the worst I have ever seen beyond under-10's boys golf competition".