Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

foresee

foresee
Meaning(s)
1) to know in advance of sth; predict
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • foresee a problem/opportunity
  • Analysis
    The verb to 'foresee' something means to anticipate something in advance or to predict is going to happen. If you are in charge of a project you might attempt to foresee difficulties before they arise. You might also 'foresee problems' or 'foresee a victory' or a success.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The businessman could foresee opportunities in the market when the economy crashed.
    2. By the time the developer foresaw the problem in the software, it was too late to do anything about it.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I couldn't have foreseen being made redundant by the end of the year.
    2. It is impossible to foresee when you might fall ill. That is why medical insurance is so important.
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