Definition of foresee in US English:


verbforeseeing, foreseen, foresaw, foresees

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