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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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  • I have foreseen this day so long and shunned it that now I meet it almost with extended hands.

  • I wish I could have foreseen then how soon I might remind you of this.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • As the result had been foreseen, measures were taken to neutralize the effect of this decision as regarded future operations.

  • Three things resulted which had never been foreseen or intended.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • That the consequences were so serious he could not have foreseen.

    An Apache Princess Charles King
British Dictionary definitions for foreseen

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 foreseen

foresee

v.

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

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