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foresee

[ fawr-see, fohr- ]
/ fɔrˈsi, foʊr- /
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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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forerun, forerunner, foresaddle, foresaid, foresail, foresee, foreseeable, foreshadow, foreshank, foresheet, foreshock

Origin of foresee

before 900; Middle English; Old English foresēon. See fore-, see1
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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 Formsforeseeable, adjectiveforeseer, noun
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Word Origin and History for foresee

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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