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foretell

verb

  1. (tell)  to foreshadow or presage
    Synonyms: announce, annunciate, forespeak, harbinger, herald, spae [Scotland]. Type of: tell
  2. (guess)  to make a prediction about; to tell in advance
    Synonyms: anticipate, call, forebode, forespeak, predict, prognosticate, promise, soothsay. Type of:...
  3. (bespeak)  to indicate or signify beforehand
    Synonyms: augur, auspicate, betoken, bode, forecast, foreshadow, forespeak, omen, portend, predict,...

Etymology summary

Middle English foretellen, probably translation of Latin praedicere
(Source: New World Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

foretell [transitive] | predict [synonym] | foreteller [noun, derived]

to tell or indicate (an event, a result, etc) beforehand; predict (11 of 451 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/foretell

Merriam-Webster:

foretell | foretold [past tense] | foretelling [present participle] | predict [synonym] | augur [synonym] | call [synonym] | forecast [synonym] | presage [synonym] | prognosticate [synonym] | ...

to tell beforehand; "predict" (4 of 213 words, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/foretell

Oxford Dictionary:

foretell | foretold [past tense] | foreteller [derived]

predict (the future or a future event) (7 of 57 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/foretell

Wiktionary:

predict | predicts [plural] | predicted [past tense] | predicting [present participle] | foretell | foretold [past tense] | foretelling [present participle] | foretells [3rd-person singular present] | forespeak [obsolete, transitive] | ...

[transitive] To state, or make something known in advance, especially using inference or special knowledge. | [transitive] To believe or hold to be true in advance; forehold; surmise. | [intransitive] To foretell, foresee or prophesy. | [obsolete] A ... (35 of 55 words, 4 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/predict

Macmillan British Dictionary:

foretell [transitive, literary] | foretold [past tense] | foretelling [present participle] | foretells [3rd-person singular present]

to say what will happen in the future (8 of 47 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/foretell

Cambridge Dictionary:

foretell [literary] | foretold [past tense]

to state what is going to happen in the future (10 of 32 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/foretell

New World Dictionary:

foretell | foretold [past tense] | foretelling [present participle] | foreteller [noun, related]

to tell, announce, or indicate beforehand; prophesy; predict (8 of 24 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/foretell

American Heritage Dictionary:

foretell | foretold [past tense] | foretelling [present participle] | foretells [3rd-person singular present] | foreteller [noun, related]

To tell of or indicate beforehand; predict. (7 of 18 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/foretell

Random House Dictionary:

foretell | foretold [past tense] | foretelling [present participle]

to tell of beforehand; predict; prophesy. (6 of 14 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/foretell

Encarta Dictionary:

foretell [literary] | foretold [past tense] | foretelling [present participle] | foretells [3rd-person singular present] | foreteller [noun, derived]

to predict what is going to happen, especially by means of supposed magic or supernatural powers (16 of 48 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861612989​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

New World Dictionary:

foretell | foretold [past tense] | foretelling [present participle]

Origin: Middle English foretellen, probably translation of Latin praedicere

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Wiktionary:

foretell | foretold [past tense] | foretelling [present participle] | foretells [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: fore- + tell. Compare Latinate premonition.

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Online Etymology:

foretell

First use: about 1300

Origin: "fore-" + "tell".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=foretell

fore-

Origin: "fore" (adverb), which was used as a prefix in Old English and other Germanic languages with a sense of "before in time, rank, position", and so ... (26 of 35 etymology words)

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tell

First use: 1864

Origin: [verb] Old English tellan "to reckon, calculate, consider, account", ... | [noun] "mound, hill", from Arabic tall, related to Hebrew ... (20 of 188 etymology words)

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Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

foretell [transitive]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "foretell"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/foretell

Macmillan British Dictionary:

foretell [transitive, literary] | foretold [past tense] | foretelling [present participle] | foretells [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "foretell"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/foretell

Macmillan American Dictionary:

foretell [transitive, literary] | foretold [past tense] | foretelling [present participle] | foretells [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "foretell"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/foretell

Cambridge Dictionary:

foretell [literary] | foretold [past tense]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "foretell"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "foretell"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/foretell

the Free Dictionary:

foretell

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "foretell"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "foretell"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "foretell" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/foretell

Google Dictionary:

foretell | foretold [past tense] | foretelling [present participle] | foretells [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "foretell"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

foretell

Audio: North American pronunciation of "foretell"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=forete​01 word=foretell

YourDictionary Audio:

foretell

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "foretell" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/foretell

freedictionary.org:

foretell

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "foretell" by speech synthesizer

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