- 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 foreseeing
Fine, if he has a good basis for foreseeing mutual compromises from the old foes.Hillary's Dangerous Mideast Leap
Leslie H. Gelb
September 15, 2010
It wasn't a question of foreseeing anything, just one of noticing what was in front of him—even if it didn't match his models.If I Did It
October 23, 2008
There was no foreseeing at that time whether he would be absent months or years.Little Dorrit
But of what benefit to me is this fatal, this Cassandra gift of foreseeing?Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
Only one woman had tears in her eyes, foreseeing, perhaps, the sufferings that awaited them.Doctor Pascal
And, foreseeing and knowing all, why had God answered his prayer?The Scapegoat
Flavia tapped her foot on the floor; foreseeing, perhaps, what was coming.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
- (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 foreseeing
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