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[fawr-see, fohr-]
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verb (used with object), fore·saw, fore·seen, fore·see·ing.
  1. to have prescience of; to know in advance; foreknow.
  2. to see beforehand.
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verb (used without object), fore·saw, fore·seen, fore·see·ing.
  1. to exercise foresight.
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Origin of foresee

before 900; Middle English; Old English foresēon. See fore-, see1
Related formsfore·see·a·ble, adjectivefore·see·a·bil·i·ty, nounfore·se·er, nounun·fore·see·a·ble, adjectiveun·fore·see·a·ble·ness, nounun·fore·see·a·bly, adverbun·fore·see·ing, adjectiveun·fore·seen, adjectivewell-fore·seen, adjective

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Related Words for foresee

perceive, forecast, foretell, understand, expect, presage, envisage, discern, visualize, apprehend, prophesy, forebode, espy, see, prognosticate, divine, foreknow, previse, forefeel, prevision

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Historical Examples of foresee

  • It did not occur to her that possibly this suffering might have consequences which she did not foresee.

  • I can foresee other objections, derived from topics which have not here been treated of.

  • Oh, the wrench to the mother's heart at the thought of what she could foresee!

    Johnny Bear

    E. T. Seton

  • Go outside and fetch a little brandy, or I foresee that you'll break down.'

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • The French dress will become you prodigiously, I foresee—but, just Heaven!

British Dictionary definitions for foresee


verb -sees, -seeing, -saw or -seen
  1. (tr; may take a clause as object) to see or know beforehandhe did not foresee that
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Derived Formsforeseeable, adjectiveforeseer, noun
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Word Origin and History for foresee


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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