- 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 foresaw
Even then, Allen foresaw a day in which the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Anthony Davis would dominate.Secret History of the First Dunk
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Hoffer foresaw that the New Class would try to govern the working people much as colonial officials governed the natives.The Revolt Against the Masses and the Roots of Modern Liberalism
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He sympathized with their difficulties, took pride in their triumphs, and foresaw with absolute confidence their ultimate success.My Eulogy for My Father, Murray Frum
May 31, 2013
But the plan also foresaw the expiration of the Bush tax cuts and further tax reforms.Who’s Winning the ‘Fiscal Cliff’
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On Election Day itself, he gave the Venezuelan newspaper El Universal a quote indicating he foresaw the possibility of defeat.Hugo's Faustian Bargain to Win Venezuela
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He was bold enough to brave the consequences of this act, which he foresaw clearly.Brave and Bold
But Grant, as Colonel Woodville foresaw, had no idea of retreating.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
He foresaw where they were going as soon as their feet touched the staircase.Little Dorrit
He foresaw that he should gain credit by producing such a man.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
Then, in all sincerity, she foresaw the likelihood of defeat.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- (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 foresaw
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