See more synonyms for foresee on Thesaurus.com 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.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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British Dictionary definitions for foreseer
verb -sees, -seeing, -saw or -seenDerived Formsforeseeable, adjectiveforeseer, noun
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to see or know beforehandhe did not foresee that
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Word Origin and History for foreseer
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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