AskDefine | Define foretell

Dictionary Definition

foretell

Verb

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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English

Pronunciation

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

Etymology

Verb

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

Translations

to predict the future

References

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

adumbrate, announce, anticipate, apprehend, approach, augur, await, be destined, be fated, be imminent, be to be, be to come, bode, call, cast a horoscope, cast a nativity, come, come on, declare, disclose, divine, divulge, dope, dope out, dowse for water, draw near, draw on, expect, forebode, forecast, foreknow, foresee, foreshadow, foreshow, foretoken, forewarn, fortune-tell, guess, hariolate, hope, lie ahead, look for, look forward to, loom, make a prediction, make a prognosis, make a prophecy, near, plan, plot, portend, predict, prefigure, presage, proclaim, prognosticate, project, promise, prophesy, read palms, read tea leaves, read the future, reveal, soothsay, speculate, tell fortunes, tell the future, threaten, vaticinate, warn
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