Definition of foresee in English:

foresee

verb

[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’
    • ‘Men expected to die before their wives, just as women foresaw a life after their husband's death in old age.’
    • ‘The Bill foresees the appointment of a director of children's services who will be accountable for local authority education and children's social care needs.’
    • ‘He also foresees an extra £14.1 million being lured into the city each year through increased conference trade and tourism spend outside.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The old French prophet has foreseen England beating Italy in the world cup final!’
    • ‘To me the word prophecy means something foretold, that could not have been foreseen by natural means.’
    • ‘Contemporaries, of course, could not be expected to foresee the relative stability which lay ahead.’
    • ‘He actually foresees a lengthy period in which the United States and China are likely to have rather cooperative relations.’
    • ‘And, all modesty aside, I'm good at foreseeing problems before they occur.’
    • ‘Of course, by the early 1990s, you didn't need to be a prophet to foresee the fate of the Left.’
    • ‘All this makes it impossible to foresee the likely development of Europe.’
    • ‘He foresaw an upsurge in violent incidents years ago, predicting their arrival at the end of this century.’
    • ‘Then one day, a hero rose to challenge the manager in an epic that the prophets foresaw thousands of years ago.’
    • ‘Even so, they should have foreseen that responsibility before they were ready to conceive the child.’
    • ‘He also foresees a drop in monthly subscription, as the channels will start quoting more ‘realistic’ rates.’
    • ‘He says that, ‘conceptually,’ he foresees no difficulty dealing with the impairment test.’
    • ‘There is an interesting summary of the current big corruption scandal in Canadian politics here which foresees a new Canadian election soon.’
    • ‘However, he foresees difficulties tomorrow night.’
    • ‘That result was neither forecast nor foreseen by any of the pundits of that time.’
    • ‘He foresaw an array of dangers and difficulties, including terrorist threats and serious economic problems.’
    anticipate, predict, forecast, expect, envisage, envision, see, think likely
    foretell, prophesy, divine, prognosticate, augur
    foreknow, forebode
    spae
    vaticinate, auspicate
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Origin

Old English foresēon (see fore-, see).

Pronunciation:

foresee

/fɔːˈsiː/