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verb [transitive] British English pronunciation: picture /ˈpɪktʃə(r)/ 
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present tense
present participlepicturing
past tensepictured
past participlepictured
  1. 1
    to imagine something

    She smiled involuntarily as she pictured the scene.

    Try to picture what life was like back in those days.

    picture someone/yourself doing something:

    I pictured myself lying in the sun, a cool drink in my hand.

    picture someone/something as something:

    It was hard to picture him as a responsible husband and father.

  2. 2
    to show someone in a photograph, painting etc

    She is pictured on the magazine's front cover, talking to the Queen.

    Pictured above are some of the clothes from the new collection.

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