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foresee

[fawr-see, fohr-] /fɔrˈsi, foʊr-/
verb (used with object), foresaw, foreseen, foreseeing.
1.
to have prescience of; to know in advance; foreknow.
2.
to see beforehand.
verb (used without object), foresaw, foreseen, foreseeing.
3.
to exercise foresight.
Origin of foresee
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English foresēon. See fore-, see1
Related forms
foreseeable, adjective
foreseeability, noun
foreseer, noun
unforeseeable, adjective
unforeseeableness, noun
unforeseeably, adverb
unforeseeing, adjective
unforeseen, adjective
well-foreseen, adjective
Synonyms
1. divine, discern. See predict.
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  • There was no foreseeing at that time whether he would be absent months or years.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • But of what benefit to me is this fatal, this Cassandra gift of foreseeing?

  • Only one woman had tears in her eyes, foreseeing, perhaps, the sufferings that awaited them.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • And, foreseeing and knowing all, why had God answered his prayer?

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • Flavia tapped her foot on the floor; foreseeing, perhaps, what was coming.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
  • Her father, however, foreseeing this threat, had told her just the reverse.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • "I am foreseeing that everything will be easy," cried Paddy jubilantly.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • There was a 44salvo of bravos, and the Opposition grumbled, foreseeing their defeat.

    Ten Tales Franois Coppe
British Dictionary definitions for foreseeing

foresee

/fɔːˈsiː/
verb -sees, -seeing, -saw, -seen
1.
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to see or know beforehand: he did not foresee that
Derived Forms
foreseeable, adjective
foreseer, noun
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Word Origin and History for foreseeing

foresee

v.

Old English foreseon "have a premonition," from fore- "before" + seon "to see, see ahead" (see see (v.)). Related: Foresaw; foreseeing; foreseen.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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