[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.

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

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for unforeseen



not seen or known beforehand; unanticipated


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 unforeseen
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