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English verb: foretell

1. foretell (communication) foreshadow or presage

Synonymsannounce, annunciate, harbinger, herald

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)tell

2. foretell (communication) make a prediction about; tell in advance

SamplesCall the outcome of an election.

Synonymsanticipate, call, forebode, predict, prognosticate, promise

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)guess, hazard, pretend, venture

Narrower (hyponym)augur, bet, calculate, forecast, outguess, prophesy, read, second-guess, vaticinate, wager

3. foretell (communication) indicate by signs

SamplesThese signs bode bad news.

Synonymsaugur, auspicate, betoken, bode, forecast, foreshadow, omen, portend, predict, prefigure, presage, prognosticate

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bespeak, betoken, indicate, point, signal

Narrower (hyponym)foreshow, threaten

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