foresee

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English foreseen, forseen, from Old English foresēon; equivalent to fore- +‎ see. Similar formations in Dutch voorzien, German vorsehen, Latin prōvideō.

PronunciationEdit

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  • (US) IPA(key): /fɔɹˈsi/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /fɔːˈsiː/
  • Rhymes: -iː

VerbEdit

foresee (third-person singular simple present foresees, present participle foreseeing, simple past foresaw, past participle foreseen)

  1. To be able to see beforehand: to anticipate; predict.
  2. (obsolete) To provide.
    • 1625, Francis [Bacon], “Of Vicissitude of Things”, in The Essayes [], 3rd edition, London: [] Iohn Haviland for Hanna Barret, OCLC 863521290:
      Great shoals of people, which go on to populate, without foreseeing means of life.

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