betoken

A dark sky full of clouds might betoken a thunderstorm. In other words, the clouds indicate or point to the fact that a thunderstorm is on its way.

You're most likely to come across the word betoken in an English class or a book, since it's primarily a literary word used to express the idea of signifying or symbolizing something. There's often a sense of mystery around the word; for example, a black cat might betoken bad luck, or be an omen of something slightly scary. However, there are plenty of cheerful examples, like when a ring betokens love.

Definitions of betoken
  1. verb
    be a signal for or a symptom of
    synonyms: bespeak, indicate, point, signal
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    augur, auspicate, bode, forecast, foreshadow, foretell, omen, portend, predict, prefigure, presage, prognosticate
    indicate by signs
    mark
    designate as if by a mark
    threaten
    to be a menacing indication of something:"The clouds threaten rain"
    blaze
    indicate by marking trees with blazes
    dimension
    indicate the dimensions on
    signpost
    mark with a signpost, as of a path
    distinguish, signalise, signalize
    make conspicuous or noteworthy
    buoy
    mark with a buoy
    foreshow
    foretell by divine inspiration
    type of:
    tell
    let something be known
  2. verb
    indicate by signs
    synonyms: augur, auspicate, bode, forecast, foreshadow, foretell, omen, portend, predict, prefigure, presage, prognosticate
    see moresee less
    types:
    threaten
    to be a menacing indication of something:"The clouds threaten rain"
    foreshow
    foretell by divine inspiration
    type of:
    bespeak, indicate, point, signal
    be a signal for or a symptom of
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