foresee

verb
fore·​see | \ fȯr-ˈsē How to pronounce foresee (audio) \
foresaw\ fȯr-​ˈsȯ How to pronounce foresaw (audio) \; foreseen\ fȯr-​ˈsēn How to pronounce foreseen (audio) \; 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 How to pronounce foreseer (audio) , -​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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Intubation, for instance, is often something a physician can foresee. New York Times, "Breathing Tubes Fail to Save Many Older Patients," 22 June 2018 Analysts foresee $671 million of revenue from the data-center business, down about 15% from the previous quarter. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "Nvidia Earnings: What to Watch," 14 Feb. 2019 The updated plan now foresees 135 hotel rooms and less than 400,000 square feet of retail use. Gustavo Solis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Millenia is swapping retail for office space," 11 July 2018 Walgreens now foresees fiscal 2018 adjusted earnings in a range of $5.90 to $6.05 per share. Tom Murphy, chicagotribune.com, "Walgreens tops 3Q expectations, hikes dividend," 28 June 2018 Virtually nobody foresaw this outcome: not health law scholars immersed in the Affordable Care Act, not constitutional professors steeped in Commerce Clause precedents, and not Court watchers who had parsed the oral arguments. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Is the new Obamacare lawsuit headed to the Supreme Court?," 17 Dec. 2018 Anderson foresees a similar trajectory for atomic radio. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "A new antenna using single atoms could usher in the age of atomic radio," 19 Sep. 2018 In this case, though, the administration foresees drug companies earning more money abroad and using that cash to lower U.S. prices. David Lazarus, latimes.com, "Limit drug prices? Trump's health secretary calls the idea 'superficially appealing'," 26 June 2018 Labour’s Brexit spokeswoman, Dianne Hayter, who has successfully predicted all of the government’s losses to date, foresees Tuesday’s amendments going the same way. Alex Morales, Bloomberg.com, "May Faces Defeat Over Fixed Brexit Date in U.K. House of Lords," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of foresee

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of foresee was before the 12th century

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foresee

verb

English Language Learners Definition of foresee

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

foresee

verb
fore·​see | \ fȯr-ˈsē How to pronounce foresee (audio) \
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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