[ pri-vahyz ]
/ prɪˈvaɪz /

verb (used with object), pre·vised, pre·vis·ing.

to foresee.
to forewarn.

Origin of previse

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin praevīsus past participle of praevidēre to foresee. See pre-, visa

Related forms

pre·vi·sor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for previse

  • But it behoves us to previse that the doctor does not kill her before the lawyer comes.'

  • In actual practice our plans seem not to previse grandfathers and grandmothers, and stop short even of fathers and mothers.

    The Vitalized School|Francis B. Pearson

British Dictionary definitions for previse


/ (prɪˈvaɪz) /

verb (tr) rare

to predict or foresee
to notify in advance

Word Origin for previse

C16: from Latin praevidēre to foresee, from prae before + vidēre to see
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