foresee

verb fore·see \ fȯr-ˈsē \

Definition of foresee

foresaw play \fȯr-ˈsȯ\; foreseen play \fȯr-ˈsēn\; foreseeing
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.

foreseer

play \fȯr-ˈsē-ər, -ˈsir\ noun

Examples of foresee in a Sentence

  1. We couldn't have foreseen the consequences of our actions.

  2. He foresees a day when all war will cease.

  3. She foresaw the company's potential and invested early on.

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First Known Use of foresee

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of foresee

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

FORESEE Defined for English Language Learners

foresee

verb

Definition of foresee for English Language Learners

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


FORESEE Defined for Kids

foresee

verb fore·see \ fȯr-ˈsē \

Definition of foresee for Students

foresaw \-ˈsȯ\; foreseen \-ˈsēn\; foreseeing
:to see or know about beforehand
  • I didn't foresee the accident.

Law Dictionary

foresee

transitive verb fore·see

legal Definition of foresee

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


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