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foreknow

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verb fore·know \(ˌ)fȯr-ˈnō\

Definition of foreknow

foreknew

play \-ˈnü, -ˈnyü\

foreknown

play \-ˈnōn\

foreknowing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to have previous knowledge of :  know beforehand especially by paranormal means or by revelation

foreknowledge

play \ˈfȯr-ˌnä-lij, (ˌ)fȯr-ˈnä-\ noun


Examples of foreknow in a sentence

  1. <what couple can possibly foreknow the trials and tribulations that marriage will bring?>



14th Century

First Known Use of foreknow

14th century

Synonym Discussion of foreknow

foresee, foreknow, divine, anticipate mean to know beforehand. foresee implies nothing about how the knowledge is derived and may apply to ordinary reasoning and experience <economists should have foreseen the recession>. foreknow usually implies supernatural assistance, as through revelation <if only we could foreknow our own destinies>. divine adds to foresee the suggestion of exceptional wisdom or discernment <was able to divine Europe's rapid recovery from the war>. anticipate implies taking action about or responding emotionally to something before it happens <the waiter anticipated our every need>.


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