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foresee

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verb fore·see \fȯr-ˈsē\

Simple Definition of foresee

  • : to see or become aware of (something that has not yet happened)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of foresee

foresaw

play \-ˈsȯ\

foreseen

play \-ˈsēn\

foreseeing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to see (as a development) beforehand

foreseer

play \fȯr-ˈsē-ər, -ˈsir\ noun

Examples of foresee in a sentence

  1. We couldn't have foreseen the consequences of our actions.

  2. He foresees a day when all war will cease.

  3. She foresaw the company's potential and invested early on.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of foresee

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of foresee

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>.

FORESEE Defined for Kids

foresee

play
verb fore·see \fȯr-ˈsē\

Definition of foresee for Students

foresaw

\-ˈsȯ\

foreseen

\-ˈsēn\

foreseeing

  1. :  to see or know about beforehand <I didn't foresee the accident.>




Law Dictionary

foresee

transitive verb fore·see

Legal Definition of foresee

foresaw

foreseen

foreseeing

  1. :  to be aware of the reasonable possibility of (as an occurrence or development) beforehand





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