Definition of foretoken in English:

foretoken

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transitive verb

[with object] literary
  • Be a sign of (something to come)

    ‘a shiver in the night air foretokening December’
    • ‘Actually this foretokened that the formal independence of the republic would also be nullified.’
    • ‘The Next Big Things on the Internet aren't usually foretokened by business models or white papers, said Popkin.’
    • ‘He is said to have eaten a toad as a child, an act foretokening a martial destiny.’
    • ‘He spent much of his time swimming in nihilistic little circles and had a lethargy that some saw as foretokening an early death.’
    • ‘So it is foretokened that a soaring development in their population may be witnessed on cotton crop across the cotton growing areas during next week.’
    gesture, sign, wave, gesticulation, cue, prompt, indicator, indication, communication, message
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Pronunciation

foretoken

/ˈfôrˌtōkən/ /ˈfɔrˌtoʊkən/

noun

literary
  • A sign of something to come.

    • ‘a foretoken of problems that lay ahead’

Pronunciation

foretoken

/ˌfôrˈtōkən/ /ˌfɔrˈtoʊkən/

Origin

Old English foretācn(noun: see fore-, token).