[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.
verb (used without object), fore·saw, fore·seen, fore·see·ing.
  1. to exercise foresight.

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

Synonyms for foresee

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Examples from the Web for foreseeing

Contemporary Examples of foreseeing

  • Fine, if he has a good basis for foreseeing mutual compromises from the old foes.

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    Hillary's Dangerous Mideast Leap

    Leslie H. Gelb

    September 15, 2010

  • It wasn't a question of foreseeing anything, just one of noticing what was in front of him—even if it didn't match his models.

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    If I Did It

    Paul Kedrosky

    October 23, 2008

Historical Examples of foreseeing

  • There was no foreseeing at that time whether he would be absent months or years.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • But of what benefit to me is this fatal, this Cassandra gift of foreseeing?

  • Only one woman had tears in her eyes, foreseeing, perhaps, the sufferings that awaited them.

    Doctor Pascal

    Emile Zola

  • And, foreseeing and knowing all, why had God answered his prayer?

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

  • Flavia tapped her foot on the floor; foreseeing, perhaps, what was coming.

    The Wild Geese

    Stanley John Weyman

British Dictionary definitions for foreseeing


verb -sees, -seeing, -saw or -seen
  1. (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 foreseeing



Old English foreseon "have a premonition," from fore- "before" + seon "to see, see ahead" (see see (v.)). Related: Foresaw; foreseeing; foreseen.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper