foresee
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /fɔɹˈsi/
  • (British) IPA: /fɔːˈsiː/
Verb

foresee (foresees, present participle foreseeing; past foresaw, past participle foreseen)

  1. To be able to see beforehand: to anticipate; predict.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Proverbs 22:3 ↗:
      A prudent man foreſeeth the euill, and hideth himſelfe: but the ſimple paſſe on, and are puniſhed.
    • 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene i], page 8 ↗, column Ariel.}} My Maſter through his Art foreſees the danger / That you (his friend) are in, and ſends me forth / (For elſe his proiect dies) to keepe them liuing.:
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    • 1838, Charles Dickens, The Lamplighter:
      "I foresee in this," he says, "the breaking up of our profession."
  2. (obsolete) To provide.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, Of Vicissitude of Things
      Great shoals of people, which go on to populate, without foreseeing means of life.
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