Definition of foresee
: 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.
foreseerplay \fȯr-ˈsē-ər, -ˈsir\ noun
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.
Recent Examples of foresee from the Web
And a final group sees some wisdom in removing some statutes, but worries about a slippery slope—foreseeing a future in which even statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are torn down.
Still, there was no way to foresee the impact the bespectacled Sogard would make with the Brewers.
Andrew Essex foresees The End of Advertising (Spiegel & Grau).
New Jersey politicians foresee $300 million in new tax revenue from almost $1 billion in cannabis sales.
No one could foresee the financial crisis or the rock-bottom rates that followed.
The IMF foresees the global economy growing 3.5 percent this year — up from 3.1 percent in 2016 but well below the 4 to 5 percent growth typical of the mid-2000s.
Few economists foresee another downturn looming, in part because the recovery from the recession has been steady but grinding, with little sign of the sort of overheated pressures that normally trigger a recession.
Few economists foresee another downturn looming, in part because the recovery from the recession has been steady with little sign of overheated pressures.
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First Known Use of foresee
before 12th century
Synonym Discussion of foresee
FORESEE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of foresee for English Language Learners
: to see or become aware of (something that has not yet happened)
FORESEE Defined for Kids
Definition of foresee for Students
: to see or know about beforehand I didn't foresee the accident.
Legal Definition of foresee
: to be aware of the reasonable possibility of (as an occurrence or development) beforehand
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