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FORETELL (foretold)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does foretell mean? 

FORETELL (verb)
  The verb FORETELL has 3 senses:

1. foreshadow or presage
2. make a prediction about; tell in advance
3. indicate by signs

  Familiarity information: FORETELL used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FORETELL (verb)


Sense 1foretell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Foreshadow or presage

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

annunciate; foretell; harbinger; herald; announce

Hypernyms (to "foretell" is one way to...):

tell (let something be known)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2foretell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a prediction about; tell in advance

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

prognosticate; predict; forebode; foretell; promise; anticipate; call

Context example:

Call the outcome of an election

Hypernyms (to "foretell" is one way to...):

guess; hazard; pretend; venture (put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "foretell"):

read (interpret the significance of, as of palms, tea leaves, intestines, the sky; also of human behavior)

outguess; second-guess (attempt to anticipate or predict)

augur (predict from an omen)

bet; wager (maintain with or as if with a bet)

calculate; forecast (predict in advance)

prophesy; vaticinate (predict or reveal through, or as if through, divine inspiration)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 3foretell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Indicate by signs

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

augur; auspicate; bode; presage; foreshadow; omen; portend; prognosticate; prefigure; predict; betoken; foretell; forecast

Context example:

These signs bode bad news

Hypernyms (to "foretell" is one way to...):

bespeak; betoken; indicate; point; signal (be a signal for or a symptom of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "foretell"):

threaten (to be a menacing indication of something:)

foreshow (foretell by divine inspiration)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


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