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
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v be a signal for or a symptom of

Synonyms:
bespeak, indicate, point, signal
Types:
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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

v indicate by signs

Synonyms:
augur, auspicate, bode, forecast, foreshadow, foretell, omen, portend, predict, prefigure, presage, prognosticate
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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