fore·​know | \ (ˌ)fȯr-ˈnō How to pronounce foreknow (audio) \
foreknew\ (ˌ)fȯr-​ˈnü How to pronounce foreknew (audio) , -​ˈnyü \; foreknown\ (ˌ)fȯr-​ˈnōn How to pronounce foreknown (audio) \; foreknowing

Definition of foreknow

transitive verb

: to have previous knowledge of : know beforehand especially by paranormal means or by revelation

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foreknowledge \ ˈfȯr-​ˌnä-​lij How to pronounce foreknowledge (audio) , (ˌ)fȯr-​ˈnä-​ \ noun

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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

Examples of foreknow in a Sentence

what couple can possibly foreknow the trials and tribulations that marriage will bring?

First Known Use of foreknow

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Foreknow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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