foresee

verb
fore·​see | \ fȯr-ˈsē \
foresaw\ fȯr-​ˈsȯ \; foreseen\ fȯr-​ˈsēn \; foreseeing

Definition of foresee

transitive verb

: to see (something, such as a development) beforehand He could not have foreseen the consequences of his actions. She foresaw the company's potential and invested early on.

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Other Words from foresee

foreseer \ fȯr-​ˈsē-​ər , -​ˈsir \ 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 foresee in a Sentence

We couldn't have foreseen the consequences of our actions. He foresees a day when all war will cease. She foresaw the company's potential and invested early on.
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In Trump's mind, Sessions should have foreseen the problems his recusal would create for his boss, AKA the President, and never done it in the first place. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Donald Trump's FBI tweet reveals how little he cares about how government should work," 21 May 2018 Even Giorgio Chiellini, a soldier in many a European battle, could foresee the eventual folding of a fragile Spurs side that always crumbles under the brightest of lights. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "Real Madrid, Juve advance in Champions League and the best of the week in soccer," 8 Mar. 2018 Of course, the drafters of the Copyright Act never foresaw the emergence of internet memes, or that online games would repurpose them as a means of digital commerce. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Fortnite keeps stealing dances — and no one knows if it’s illegal," 20 Dec. 2018 In 2015, many foresaw a general election matchup between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, recycling the last names of the candidates from 24 years earlier. Mark Schmitt, Vox, "Is dynastic politics on the way out?," 20 Nov. 2018 Juan Carlos Osorio foresaw the course of the match six months ago. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "Spain, Portugal thrill, Mexico, Iceland suprise and the best of the World Cup weekend," 17 June 2018 Chandler foresaw subdivisions and towns covering the valley from mountainous edge to edge, and made millions off the vision. Joe Mozingo, latimes.com, "Visionaries and scoundrels made the Los Angeles Times, which returns to local ownership after 18 years," 17 June 2018 But Clark and Liu foresaw a more relaxed approach, with decor and furniture inspired by their wilderness adventures, from beach hikes in Mendocino to gem hunting in Tucson, Ariz., now taken with toddler in tow. Leilani Marie Labong, San Francisco Chronicle, "A chef and a designer feather their North Beach nest," 9 Apr. 2018 The company raised its earnings-per-share guidance to $4.10 to $4.30 for the year, foreseeing same-store sales growth of 2.3% to 2.5%. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Investors Shrink From a Shrinking Macy’s," 14 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of foresee

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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foresee

verb

English Language Learners Definition of foresee

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

foresee

verb
fore·​see | \ fȯr-ˈsē \
foresaw\ -​ˈsȯ \; foreseen\ -​ˈsēn \; foreseeing

Kids Definition of foresee

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

foresee

transitive verb
fore·​see
foresaw; foreseen; foreseeing

Legal Definition of foresee

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

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