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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Recent Examples on the Web Catherine foresaw the need to write her own story through her memoirs, counteracting rumors that had spread as a result of her rise to power. Suyin Haynes, Time, "The Great Is Only 'Occasionally' True. But These Aspects of Hulu's Catherine the Great Series Are Based in History," 15 May 2020 Late last month, with the number of dead in the United States approaching 75,000, according to figures compiled by The New York Times, projections foresaw another spike in Covid-19 cases and deaths as social-distancing rules relaxed. Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times, "Fight Over Virus’s Death Toll Opens Grim New Front in Election Battle," 9 May 2020 But most economists foresee deep damage and a very slow recovery, with high unemployment well into next year. Los Angeles Times, "Unemployment hits 14.7% in April. How long before 20.5 million lost jobs come back?," 8 May 2020 However, the chief executives of both companies foresaw permanent shifts in homebuyer behavior, with an emphasis on affordability, lower density and space for home offices. R.a. Schuetz, Houston Chronicle, "iBuyers ease back into buying homes," 7 May 2020 Although output could start growing again this fall, most experts foresee a halting recovery, given the magnitude of losses for businesses and consumers alike and the uncertainty over whether cases will spike again when states reopen. Diya Chacko, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: Quarantine’s psychological toll," 29 Apr. 2020 Their second-quarter projections foresee flat Alphabet revenue. Michael Liedtke, USA TODAY, "Google takes a hit as ad sales tumble. But product usage substantially increased.," 28 Apr. 2020 On the economic front, few experts foresee a downturn as severe as the Great Depression, when unemployment remained above 14% from 1931 to 1940, peaking at 25%. Tim Darnell, ajc, "NEW: Coronavirus death toll in U.S. reaches 50,000," 25 Apr. 2020 Some analysts foresee a litigious phase as victims’ families rally in anger in Facebook groups and prosecutors weigh manslaughter charges over deaths at some nursing homes. Emma Bubola, New York Times, "As Coronavirus Eases, More Italians Say, ‘I Want Justice’," 23 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of foresee

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Foresee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foresee. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for foresee

foresee

verb
How to pronounce foresee (audio)

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.
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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