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foresee

fore·see

foresee

pronunciation:
for si
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: foresaw, foreseeing, foreseen, foresees
definition: to know or realize beforehand; predict or expect.
Many scientists had foreseen this disaster.Some in the company foresaw the merger long before it happened.
synonyms:
predict
similar words:
anticipate, divine, expect, forebode, foreknow, foretell, prophesy, see
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to make provision for the future; use foresight.
similar words:
anticipate, plan
derivations: foreseeable (adj.), foreseeability (n.), foreseer (n.)
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The word foresee contains the following part:
fore- Old English root that means before, in time or position