from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To neglect; overlook; disregard; despise.
  • v. To see in advance; ken; perceive.
  • v. To oversee; superintend; direct.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To overlook; neglect: despise.
  • To see; perceive.


From Middle English forseen, forsen, from Old English forsēon ("to look down upon, despise"), equivalent to for- +‎ see. Compare Old Saxon forsehan, Old High German farsehan (Middle High German versehen). (Wiktionary)



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  • Typo (bad scan?) in Century def 2:
    To sec; perceive.
    should probably read:
    To see; perceive.

    November 28, 2011