foreknow

[ fawr-noh, fohr- ]
/ fɔrˈnoʊ, foʊr- /

verb (used with object), fore·knew, fore·known, fore·knowing.

to know beforehand.

Nearby words

  1. foreign-trade zone,
  2. foreigner,
  3. foreignism,
  4. foreignly,
  5. forejudge,
  6. foreknowledge,
  7. forel,
  8. forel's decussation,
  9. forelady,
  10. foreland

Origin of foreknow

First recorded in 1400–50, foreknow is from the late Middle English word foreknowen. See fore-, know1

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British Dictionary definitions for foreknow

foreknow

/ (fɔːˈnəʊ) /

verb -knows, -knowing, -knew or -known

(tr) to know in advance
Derived Formsforeknowable, adjectiveforeknowledge, nounforeknowingly, adverb

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