Definition of Foretell

1. Verb. Foreshadow or presage.

Exact synonyms: Announce, Annunciate, Harbinger, Herald
Generic synonyms: Tell
Derivative terms: Annunciator, Harbinger, Herald

2. Verb. Make a prediction about; tell in advance. "Call the outcome of an election"

3. Verb. Indicate by signs. "These signs bode bad news"

Definition of Foretell

1. v. t. To predict; to tell before occurence; to prophesy; to foreshow.

2. v. i. To utter predictions.

Definition of Foretell

1. Verb. To tell what's going to happen in the future, especially but not necessarily by having the power of clairvoyance and using it. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Foretell

1. to tell of or about in advance [v -TOLD, -TELLING, -TELLS]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Foretell

foreswearing
foreswears
foreswore
foresworn
foretake
foretalk
foretaste
foretasted
foretaster
foretasters
foretastes
foretasting
foretaught
foreteach
foreteeth
foretell (current term)
foreteller
foretellers
foretelleth
foretelling
foretells
forethink
forethinking
forethinks
forethought
forethoughtful
forethoughtfulness
forethoughts
forethrown
foretime

Literary usage of Foretell

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"... a nervous or cerebral modification of the subject, which modification it attributes to a malady of the nervous system—hysteria. and foretell the future. ..."

2. A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital by John Beauchamp Jones (1866)
"against the common enemy—and no one living can foretell the issue, because no one knows the extent of capacity and ..."

3. An exposition of the Creed by John Pearson, Edward Burton (1857)
"For these two Prophets, David and Zachary, manifestly did foretell the particular punishment of crucifixion. It was therefore sufficiently adumbrated by ..."

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