[ fawr-see ]
/ f蓴r藞si /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: foresee / foresaw / foreseeing / foreseen on Thesaurus.com

verb (used with object), fore路saw, fore路seen, fore路see路ing.
to have prescience of; to know in advance; foreknow.
to see beforehand.
verb (used without object), fore路saw, fore路seen, fore路see路ing.
to exercise foresight.
There are grammar debates that never die; and the ones highlighted in the questions in this quiz are sure to rile everyone up once again. Do you know how to answer the questions that cause some of the greatest grammar debates?
Question 1 of 7
Which sentence is correct?

Origin of foresee

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English fores膿on.See fore-, see1

synonym study for foresee

1. See predict.


Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 漏 Random House, Inc. 2023


What does foresee mean?

To foresee is to know in advance, as in With all the rain we鈥檝e been having, it was easy to foresee that the river would overflow its banks.

Foresee is different from predict or forecast because to foresee is to know, while to predict or forecast is to guess or calculate rather than to know. Sometimes, though, foresee is used as a synonym for predict to exaggerate one鈥檚 confidence in a prediction.

Example: I can foresee where this is going and I want no part of it.

Where does foresee come from?

The first records of the term foresee come from before the 900s. It ultimately comes from the Old English fores膿on.

Foresight is commonly used as a synonym for care or understanding to imply that someone knows the best course of action to follow in a certain situation. Someone that foresees something has this care for, or understanding of, what is to come and can plan accordingly for it.

Did you know 鈥 ?

What are some other forms related to foresee?

What are some synonyms for foresee?

What are some words that share a root or word element with foresee?聽

What are some words that often get used in discussing foresee?

How is foresee used in real life?

People often claim to have foreseen something after it happens.


Try using foresee!

Is foresee used correctly in the following sentence?

Amita didn鈥檛 know she would be promoted because she foresaw it.

How to use foresee in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for foresee

/ (f蓴藧藞si藧) /

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012