Definitions

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  • n. Timely knowledge; precaution; foresight.
  • n. One who puts himself forward as a leader in matters of taste or criticism.
  • v. To foreknow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A leader, or would-be leader, in matters of knowledge or taste.
  • n. Foresight; prudence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To foreknow.
  • n. Timely knowledge; precaution; foresight.
  • n. [⟨ fore + wit, a clever man.] One who puts himself forward as a leader in matters of taste or criticism.

Etymologies

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From Middle English forwit, equivalent to fore- +‎ wit (“knowledge, understanding”).

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From Middle English forwiten, from Old English forewitan ("to foreknow"), equivalent to fore- +‎ wit (“to know”).

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From fore- (“prominent, out in front”) +‎ wit (“a clever man”).

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