Definition of foresee verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//fɔːˈsiː//
; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈsiː//
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they foresee
BrE BrE//fɔːˈsiː//
; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈsiː//
he / she / it foresees
BrE BrE//fɔːˈsiːz//
; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈsiːz//
past simple foresaw
BrE BrE//fɔːˈsɔː//
; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈsɔː//
past participle foreseen
BrE BrE//fɔːˈsiːn//
; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈsiːn//
-ing form foreseeing
BrE BrE//fɔːˈsiːɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈsiːɪŋ//
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to think something is going to happen in the future; to know about something before it happens synonym predict foresee something We do not foresee any problems. The extent of the damage could not have been foreseen. foresee (that)… No one could have foreseen (that) things would turn out this way. foresee how, what, etc… It is impossible to foresee how life will work out. foresee somebody/something doing something I just didn't foresee that happening. compare unforeseen Word OriginOld English foresēon (see fore-, see).Extra examples It is impossible to foresee the future. We could foresee no difficulties with these proposals. No one could have foreseen that things would turn out this way.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: foresee