foreknow

[fawr-noh, fohr-]

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

to know beforehand.

Origin of foreknow

First recorded in 1400–50, foreknow is from the late Middle English word foreknowen. See fore-, know1
Related formsfore·know·a·ble, adjectivefore·know·er, nounfore·know·ing·ly, adverbun·fore·know·a·ble, adjectiveun·fore·known, adjective

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foreknow

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

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