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picture

noun
 
 
/ˈpɪktʃər/
[S] an idea about what is happening in a particular situation: a picture of sth They conducted a survey to get a better picture of their customers' needs.a clear/complete/accurate picture It is difficult to get an accurate picture of value.a gloomy/grim/rosy picture The economic picture that the prime minister painted was fairly gloomy.
the big picture the whole situation, as opposed to particular parts of it: see/look at the big picture The board needs to look at the bigger picture when taking investment decisions. It's important not to lose sight of the big picture. The bigger picture shows a growing divide in the market between the wealthy and the poor.
keep/put sb in the picture to make sure someone knows all the facts about a situation that is changing: We keep shareholders in the picture with our annual reports.
out of the picture not part of or involved in a particular situation: With overtime out of the picture, many of the workers will struggle to survive.
(Definition of picture from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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