foreknow

verb fore·know \ (ˌ)fȯr-ˈnō \

Definition of foreknow

foreknew play \(ˌ)fȯr-ˈnü, -ˈnyü\; foreknown play \(ˌ)fȯr-ˈnōn\; foreknowing
transitive verb
: 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?

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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