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From fore- +‎ read.


foreread (third-person singular simple present forereads, present participle forereading, simple past and past participle foreread)

  1. (transitive) To signify beforehand; predict.
    • 1904, Vassar College, The Vassar miscellany: Volume 34:
      She feels that she could "foreread the future and its mystery" if she could divine the meaning of the "burdened sea."
    • 1907, Harper's magazine: Volume 114:
      He foreread like a placard Jeanne d'Etoiles' magnificent scheme: it would convulse all Europe, while England would remain supine, simply because Neweastle was a fool and Ormskirk would be dead.
  2. (transitive) To read beforehand or ahead of time.
    • 1989, Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, Despair: a novel:
      I can readily imagine what Pushkin might have said to his trembling paraphrasts; but I also know how pleased and excited I would have been in 1935 had I been able to foreread this 1965 version.


foreread (plural forereads)

  1. A foreword; preface.