Foretell - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |fɔːrˈtel|  American pronunciation of the word foretell
Brit.  |fɔːˈtɛl|  British pronunciation of the word foretell
irregular verb:  p.t. — foretold  p.p. — foretold


- foreshadow or presage (syn: announce, annunciate, harbinger, herald)
- make a prediction about; tell in advance (syn: anticipate, call, forebode, predict, prognosticate, promise)
- indicate, as with a sign or an omen (syn: augur, auspicate, betoken, bode, forecast, foreshadow, omen, portend, predict, prefigure, presage, prognosticate)


We cannot foretell the future.

...a 16th-century astrologer who, some claim, accurately foretold 20th-century events...

the birth of Christ, foretold by prophets

Word forms

I/you/we/they: foretell
he/she/it: foretells
present participle: foretelling
past tense: foretold
past participle: foretold
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