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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But economists generally foresee GDP slowing sharply after hitting 2.9% last year. Washington Post, "Thanks to consumers, US economy is rising steadily if slowly," 29 Aug. 2019 But economists generally foresee GDP slowing sharply after hitting 2.9% last year. Martin Crutsinger, USA TODAY, "Thanks to consumers, the US economy is still rising steadily," 29 Aug. 2019 And according to the CME Group, market traders now foresee a roughly 70 percent likelihood of another rate cut when the Fed next meets in September. Josh Boak, The Denver Post, "Trump says he’ll put 10% tariffs on remaining China imports," 1 Aug. 2019 Yet many market traders foresee two or even three rate cuts this year as the Fed tries to counter global threats that risk spreading to the United States. Martin Crutsinger, Twin Cities, "Fed cuts key interest for the first time in more than a decade," 31 July 2019 Market traders foresee a 100% chance of a cut Wednesday in the Fed's key short-term rate, according to the CME Group, which tracks this trading. Martin Crutsinger, Fortune, "3 Things to Watch For From the Federal Reserve on Wednesday," 30 July 2019 Yet many market traders foresee two or even three rate cuts this year as the Fed tries to counter global threats that risk spreading to the United States. Martin Crutsinger, Anchorage Daily News, "Federal Reserve cuts key interest rate in attempt to keep economy on track," 11 July 2019 A few Fed watchers foresee no rate cut at all this year, especially if the United States and China reach some tentative resolution to the trade war. Martin Crutsinger, chicagotribune.com, "Fed leaves its key interest rate unchanged but hints at future cuts," 19 June 2019 Some predictions foresee a 40% increase in uncultivated land in the next two to three years, and more in the coming years. AZCentral.com, "Summer storms are a spectacle, but the dust in them is hazardous to your health," 18 June 2019

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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

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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