picturepicture2 ●●○ verb [transitive] 1 IMAGINEto imagine something by making an image in your mind Tom, picturing the scene, smiled.picture somebody/something as something Rob had pictured her as serious, but she wasn’t like that.picture somebody doing something I can’t picture him skiing. He’s so clumsy!picture what/how Picture what it would be like after a nuclear attack.► see thesaurus at imagine2 AVPICTUREto show someone or something in a photograph, painting, or drawing She is pictured with her mum Christine and sister Kelly. Grammar Picture is usually passive in this meaning.3 DESCRIBEto describe something in a particular waybe pictured as something She’s been pictured as a difficult, demanding woman. Grammar Picture is usually passive in this meaning.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpuspicture• Whichever, it seems that Arsenio isn't quite the sort of cultural diplomat I had optimistically pictured.• Both pictured a glamorous brunette, at least a dozen years older than herself.• When a child learns to picture and verbalize his feelings, he has the opportunity to reason and make intelligent choices.• They have been pictured as the ultimate wealth of the community.• I can still picture her lovely brown eyes.• I pictured her trying to eke out her money - for I was sure there was not much.• I had never met Graham but I pictured him as a pale, thin young man wearing glasses.• He wrote that it was not as he had pictured it as the weather was bitterly cold and wet with some snow.• Can you picture it? Lying in the sun, sipping cocktails -- it would be paradise!• I pictured myself picking at least three hundred pounds a day and took the job.• It is frighteningly easy to picture our children bald-gummed, big-headed as the babies they sprang out of.• Miguel could still picture the children laughing and joking, and chasing each other around the garden.picture somebody/something as something• I can't picture Jay as a ballet dancer.be pictured as something• Both the Minoan Goddess and Artemis were pictured as bees.• He is pictured as going down into the deep which now is a symbol of judgment.• Faith is pictured as the absence of doubt and the man of faith as the man with no doubts.• They are pictured as virtually irredeemable, lazy, dependent, living off the hard-earned money of others.