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foresee

[ fawr-see ]
/ fɔrˈsi /
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verb (used with object), fore·saw, fore·seen, fore·see·ing.

to have prescience of; to know in advance; foreknow.
to see beforehand.

verb (used without object), fore·saw, fore·seen, fore·see·ing.

to exercise foresight.

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Origin of foresee

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English foresēon.See fore-, see1

synonym study for foresee

1. See predict.

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British Dictionary definitions for foresee

foresee
/ (fɔːˈsiː) /

verb -sees, -seeing, -saw or -seen

(tr; may take a clause as object) to see or know beforehandhe did not foresee that

Derived forms of foresee

foreseeable, adjectiveforeseer, noun
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