- to have prescience of; to know in advance; foreknow.
- to see beforehand.
- to exercise foresight.
Origin of foresee
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1. divine, discern. See predict.
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Examples from the Web for foresee
There is no way to foresee a future that still hides in turmoil.Here’s What the U.S. Has to Do to Deal With the Mad Middle East
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What he could not foresee was that a half century later Freedom Summer would not be ancient history.The 1964 Miss. Freedom Summer Protests Won Progress At a Bloody Price
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Our brains can foresee that if we let natural selection take its course then it could be disastrous in the long run.
Natural selection cannot favor long-term gain, but our brains can foresee certain courses of action.
We build models and theories and tell people that we can calculate and foresee the future.Five Ways to Improve Economics
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It did not occur to her that possibly this suffering might have consequences which she did not foresee.Quaint Courtships
I can foresee other objections, derived from topics which have not here been treated of.
Oh, the wrench to the mother's heart at the thought of what she could foresee!Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
Go outside and fetch a little brandy, or I foresee that you'll break down.'Little Dorrit
The French dress will become you prodigiously, I foresee—but, just Heaven!Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to see or know beforehandhe did not foresee that
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Word Origin and History for foresee
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