Definition of foreknow in English:


Pronunciation /fôrˈnō/ /fɔrˈnoʊ/

transitive verbforeknew, foreknown

[with object]literary
  • Be aware of (an event) before it happens.

    ‘he foreknows his death like a saint’
    • ‘First, the short answer to the question whether God can foreknow contingent events is no.’
    • ‘He had explained that, for the purposes of their discussion, he was assuming that God does not cause the events he foreknows: he knows them because they happen, rather than their happening because he foreknows them.’
    • ‘It is through the Dandy that the artist foreknows his double nature.’
    • ‘In the eyes, God declares his knowledge, by which he foresees and foreknows all.’
    • ‘Rather, God foreknew the Fall, so He programmed creatures with the information for design features for attack and defense that they would need in a cursed world.’
    prophetic, predictive, visionary