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foreknow

[fawr-noh, fohr-]
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verb (used with object), fore·knew, fore·known, fore·knowing.
  1. to know beforehand.
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Origin of foreknow

First recorded in 1400–50, foreknow is from the late Middle English word foreknowen. See fore-, know1
Related formsfore·know·a·ble, adjectivefore·know·er, nounfore·know·ing·ly, adverbun·fore·know·a·ble, adjectiveun·fore·known, adjective

Synonyms

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foresee, divine, discern, anticipate.
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Historical Examples

  • Besides, how came it to pass that this prophet did not foreknow his own death at the first?

    Against Apion

    Flavius Josephus

  • And when you foreknow his design, will you let him overcome?

  • Precisely how it will be distributed it is impossible to foreknow.

  • Whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate, to be conformed to the image of his Son.

  • Whom God did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son.


British Dictionary definitions for foreknow

foreknow

verb -knows, -knowing, -knew or -known
  1. (tr) to know in advance
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Derived Formsforeknowable, adjectiveforeknowledge, nounforeknowingly, adverb
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