foresee

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fore + see

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

  1. To anticipate; to predict.
    • 1838, Charles Dickens, The Lamplighter
    "I foresee in this," he says, "the breaking up of our profession."
    • Bible, Proverbs xxii. 3
      A prudent man foreseeth the evil.
  2. (obsolete) To provide.
    • Francis Bacon
      Great shoals of people, which go on to populate, without foreseeing means of life.

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