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[fawr-see, fohr-] /fɔrˈsi, foʊr-/
verb (used with object), foresaw, foreseen, foreseeing.
to have prescience of; to know in advance; foreknow.
to see beforehand.
verb (used without object), foresaw, foreseen, foreseeing.
to exercise foresight.
Origin of foresee
before 900; Middle English; Old English foresēon. See fore-, see1
Related forms
foreseeable, adjective
foreseeability, noun
foreseer, noun
unforeseeable, adjective
unforeseeableness, noun
unforeseeably, adverb
unforeseeing, adjective
unforeseen, adjective
well-foreseen, adjective
1. divine, discern. See predict. Unabridged
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  • He doesn't foresee gaining access to the consortium anytime soon.
  • Conventional economic models failed to foresee the financial crisis.
  • Discovery and the developers are open to suggestion, though, and foresee improvements to the app.
  • Calling it a bubble is an act of denial-emanating largely from those who have failed to foresee these development.
  • Eventually, they foresee doctors having this technology in their offices.
  • He wanted to see if they could reliably foresee changes in ticket prices.
  • It certainly makes any tax revolt harder to foresee.
  • Rather, you set something in motion, and you can't foresee all the details.
  • Some people foresee the lights going out all over the world, as power stations crash.
  • But economists foresee a strong upturn, especially in manufacturing.
British Dictionary definitions for foresee


verb -sees, -seeing, -saw, -seen
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to see or know beforehand: he did not foresee that
Derived Forms
foreseeable, adjective
foreseer, noun
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Word Origin and History for foresee

Old English foreseon "have a premonition," from fore- "before" + seon "to see, see ahead" (see see (v.)). Related: Foresaw; foreseeing; foreseen.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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