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foresee Line breaks: fore|see
Pronunciation: /fɔːˈsiː/

Definition of foresee in English:

verb (foresees, foreseeing, foresaw /fɔːˈsɔː/; past participle foreseen /fɔːˈsiːn/)

[with object]
Be aware of beforehand; predict: we did not foresee any difficulties [with clause]: it is impossible to foresee how life will work out
More example sentences
  • He himself confidently predicted it, foreseeing a time when his books would be the subject of serious study and when he would be applauded for the novelty and depth of the insights they contained.
  • Even so, they should have foreseen that responsibility before they were ready to conceive the child.
  • That result was neither forecast nor foreseen by any of the pundits of that time.
anticipate, predict, forecast, expect, envisage, envision, see, think likely;
literary foreknow, forebode
Scottish archaic spae
rare vaticinate, auspicate


Pronunciation: /fɔːˈsiːə/
Example sentences
  • If the inexpressibly terrible is a sign of modern times, then Goya is not the prophet of modernity but the ultimate foreseer of the modern nightmare.
  • ‘Take me to this magical foreseer you speak of,’ Goldwing ordered.
  • They are sort of foreseers of our future, because they have already experienced what we have yet to face.


Old English foresēon (see fore-, see1).

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