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transitive verbpast participle verb foretold/fərˈtōld/ /fərˈtoʊld/ /fôrˈtōld/ /fɔrˈtoʊld/

[with object]
  • Predict (the future or a future event)

    with clause ‘a seer had foretold that she would assume the throne’
    • ‘as he foretold, thousands lost their lives’
    • ‘In the Greek theatre Chorus speaks for the citizens, comments on events and foretells the future.’
    • ‘A science which teaches to judge of the effects and influences of the stars, and to foretell future events, by their situation and different aspects.’
    • ‘In pagan times poets were thought to be gifted with second sight, able in a trance or frenzy to foretell future events.’
    • ‘The true prophet does not foretell an inevitable future, but warns of likely consequences should a present course of action continue.’
    • ‘And like all successful prophets he would be heeded by the rich and the powerful, even if their own churches warned against foretelling the future.’
    • ‘Jesus Christ, I say, can foresee and foretell the future.’
    • ‘The prophecies of Nostradamus are said to foretell events centuries in his future.’
    • ‘I say this because I don't know of any other religion that has been able to foretell the future through prophets.’
    • ‘Often when a great person dies, a symbolic event which foretells the death of that person, occurs.’
    • ‘If people could decipher the signs that foretold events, the events would be predictable and humans could act wisely.’
    • ‘Then there were the people who believed that dreams foretold the future.’
    • ‘I like to think of myself as a Product Evangelist, dreaming up wonderful new product features, foretelling the future of mobile telecoms, and preaching the glory that is our system to the assembled masses.’
    • ‘Counterargument to this belief is that you absolutely have no way to know what will happen if you talk to someone new - this would be foretelling the future.’
    • ‘Though it wrestles with images, impressions, hopes and fears about the future, the technique does not claim to foretell the future.’
    • ‘Sometimes, your ability to foretell the future is uncanny.’
    • ‘History hangs on thousands of fragile threads, and speculating on the unhappened past is almost as great a folly as trying to foretell the future.’
    • ‘In other words, they actually believe that children use cardboard toys to cast spells and foretell the future.’
    • ‘Who would have been brave enough to foretell football's future 50 years ago?’
    • ‘My follow up to this story was that Joe could foretell his future back then.’
    • ‘For water-witching or foretelling the future, the diviner was often an integral, if under-appreciated member of the country village.’
    predict, forecast, foresee, anticipate, envisage, envision, see, prophesy, prognosticate, augur, divine
    augur, presage, portend, foreshadow, indicate, signal, point to, add up to, be an omen of, be a warning of, be a harbinger of
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/fərˈtel/ /fərˈtɛl/ /fôrˈtel/ /fɔrˈtɛl/