foresee

verb
fore·​see | \ fȯr-ˈsē How to pronounce foresee (audio) \
foresaw\ fȯr-​ˈsȯ How to pronounce foresee (audio) \; foreseen\ fȯr-​ˈsēn How to pronounce foresee (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 foresee (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 John Locke was arguably the first person to introduce the idea of the law of unintended consequences, which holds that planners cannot foresee all the ways their schemes will interact with real life. Jonah Goldberg Tribune News Service (tns), Star Tribune, 4 Dec. 2020 Ghani’s security forces could foresee defeat, and many flipped to the Taliban’s side. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, 5 Sep. 2021 While company data suggests that younger unvaccinated consumers aged 18 to 49 years will remain cautious about in-store shopping, the company also doesn’t foresee these customers shifting spending toward travel and experiences either. Pamela N. Danziger, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 But officials in each branch also foresee major challenges and have hoped the other would solve the problem. New York Times, 30 Aug. 2021 Some economists foresee inflation declining from its current levels but remaining well above 3% by the end of this year. Christopher Rugaber, chicagotribune.com, 13 July 2021 While the flexibility provided by these apps serves a need now, some critics foresee a threat to workers over the long run. Urooba Jamal, ajc, 24 Aug. 2021 While the flexibility provided by these apps serves a need now, some critics foresee a threat to workers over the long run. Urooba Jamal, USA TODAY, 24 Aug. 2021 Many — more than 4 in 10 — foresee an impact on election outcomes if rules are changed. CBS News, 11 Aug. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foresee. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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foresee

verb

English Language Learners Definition of foresee

: 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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