foresee

[fawr-see, fohr-]

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.

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 foreseen

expected, likely, predictable

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British Dictionary definitions for foreseen

foresee

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 foreseen

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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