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Definition of picture verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    picture

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈpɪktʃə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪktʃər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they picture
    BrE BrE//ˈpɪktʃə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪktʃər//
     
    he / she / it pictures
    BrE BrE//ˈpɪktʃəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪktʃərz//
     
    past simple pictured
    BrE BrE//ˈpɪktʃəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪktʃərd//
     
    past participle pictured
    BrE BrE//ˈpɪktʃəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪktʃərd//
     
    -ing form picturing
    BrE BrE//ˈpɪktʃərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪktʃərɪŋ//
     
     
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    imagine
  1. 1to imagine somebody/something; to create an image of somebody/something in your mind picture somebody/something I can still picture the house I grew up in. picture somebody/something as something We found it hard to picture him as the father of teenage sons. picture somebody/something doing something When he did not come home she pictured him lying dead on the roadside somewhere. picture what, how, etc… I tried to picture what it would be like to live alone.
  2. describe
  3. 2[often passive] picture somebody/something as something to describe or present somebody/something in a particular way synonym portray Before the trial Liz had been pictured as a frail woman dominated by her husband.
  4. show in photograph
  5. 3[usually passive] to show somebody/something in a photograph or picture picture somebody/something (+ adv./prep/adj.) She is pictured here with her parents. picture somebody/something doing something The team is pictured setting off on their European tour.
  6. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin pictura, from pict- ‘painted’ (from the verb pingere).Extra examples He is pictured here with his students. I could picture the scene clearly. I had pictured him as a tall, heavily-built man. I tried to picture what she must have been like at that age. It was easy to picture the two of them together. Mrs Benson (pictured above) is the new Personnel Manager. Before the trial Liz had been pictured as a frail woman dominated by her husband. I can picture him sleeping rough on the streets somewhere. She tried to picture what it must be like back in India. We found it hard to picture him as the father of three kids.
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