AskDefine | Define foretell

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1 foreshadow or presage [syn: announce, annunciate, harbinger, herald]
2 make a prediction about; tell in advance; "Call the outcome of an election" [syn: predict, prognosticate, call, forebode, anticipate, promise]
3 indicate by signs; "These signs bode bad news" [syn: bode, portend, auspicate, prognosticate, omen, presage, betoken, foreshadow, augur, prefigure, forecast, predict] [also: foretold]

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  • a AusE /'foː.tel/
  • a RP /'fɔː.tεl/
  • a US /'fɔːr.tεl/
  • Rhymes with: -ɛl



  1. To tell what's going to happen in the future.


to predict the future


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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