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From fore- +‎ draw.


foredraw (third-person singular simple present foredraws, present participle foredrawing, simple past foredrew, past participle foredrawn)

  1. (transitive) To draw beforehand or in advance; draw forward.
    • 1841, The Primitive Church Magazine - Page 223:
      Our Lord foredrew the character of those who would reject his gospel on so groundless and awful a plea, when he descrihed the unprofitahle servant, [...]
    • 1882, George Henry Calvert, Life, Death: And Other Poems - Page 21:
      [...] him who, single-handed, Had wrested from the tyrants 'gainst him banded Populous Naples and broad Sicily, And given them to triumphant Italy: Cavour, Mazzini, who so well In his large soul foredrew the nation's span, [...]
    • 2006, Stephen Gill, Stephen Charles Gill, William Wordsworth's The Prelude:
      Olney argues that the self so constituted in metaphor is "a coherent and integral self, potential at first and destined, though no one can foredraw the exact shape of destiny, to be realized through many experiences until it shall become this one, and no other, self."
    • 2011, Dennis Sobolev, The Split World of Gerard Manley Hopkins:
      Already in his notes on Parmenides, he writes with apparent approval: "Not-being is here seen as want of oneness, all that is unforedrawn, waste space which offers either nothing to the eye to foredraw or many things foredrawing away from one another."