foresee Definition

  • 1be aware of beforehand; predict
  • 2be aware of (something) as a probable or likely occurrence

Using foresee: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "foresee" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I didn't foresee any problems.

  • Example

    It is difficult to foresee the consequences of these changes.

  • Example

    I can't foresee ever being able to afford a house.

  • Example

    The company failed to foresee the extent of the economic downturn.

foresee Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for foresee

Phrases with foresee

  • to predict what will happen in the future


    No one can foresee the future with certainty.

  • the period of time that can be predicted or planned for with reasonable certainty


    We expect to stay in this house for the foreseeable future.

  • foreseeable consequences

    the results or effects that can be predicted or anticipated


    The company failed to consider the foreseeable consequences of their actions.

Origins of foresee

from Old English 'foreseon', meaning 'to see beforehand'


Summary: foresee in Brief

The verb 'foresee' [fɔːˈsiː] means to predict or be aware of something beforehand. It is often used to describe anticipating probable or likely occurrences, as in 'It is difficult to foresee the consequences of these changes.' 'Foresee' can be used in phrases like 'foresee the future,' and 'foreseeable consequences,' which refer to predicting future events and outcomes.