foresee

[ fawr-see, fohr- ]
/ fɔrˈsi, foʊr- /

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.

Nearby words

  1. forerun,
  2. forerunner,
  3. foresaddle,
  4. foresaid,
  5. foresail,
  6. foreseeable,
  7. foreshadow,
  8. foreshank,
  9. foresheet,
  10. foreshock

Origin of foresee

before 900; Middle English; Old English foresēon. See fore-, see1

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British Dictionary definitions for unforeseeable

unforeseeable

/ (ˌʌnfɔːˈsiːəbəl) /

adjective

not able to be foreseen or known beforehand

foresee

/ (fɔːˈsiː) /

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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