Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To know in advance; foresee.
  • transitive v. To notify in advance; forewarn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To foresee.
  • v. To warn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To foresee.
  • transitive v. To inform beforehand; to warn.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To foresee.
  • To cause to foresee; forewarn; advise beforehand.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. realize beforehand
  • v. warn in advance or beforehand; give an early warning

Etymologies

Middle English previsen, from Latin praevidēre, praevīs- : prae-, pre- + vidēre, to see; see weid- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin praevisus, the past participle of praevidēre (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • MICHAEL SHERMER, PUBLISHER, "SKEPTIC" MAGAZINE: Well, Anderson, I need to previse my remarks by noting that, there are no conspiracies, there is no cover-up, there was no crash and the government never lies.

    CNN Transcript Nov 29, 2004

  • But it behoves us to previse that the doctor does not kill her before the lawyer comes. '

    Evan Harrington — Volume 7

  • 'Tis the novelty of the experiment which makes impressions on their conceptive, cogitative faculties; that do not previse the facility of the operation adequately, with a subact and sedate intellection, associated with diligent and congruous study.

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Illustrated, Book 5

  • ’Tis the novelty of the experiment which makes impressions on their conceptive, cogitative faculties; that do not previse the facility of the operation adequately, with a subact and sedate intellection, associated with diligent and congruous study.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

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