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foreshadow

To foreshadow is to predict something or to give a hint of what is to come. Your kid sister's ability to take apart a toaster and put it back together might foreshadow a successful career in electronics.

The verb foreshadow is can mean "to warn" and often has a suggestion of something bad to come, though sometimes it's more neutral or shows examples of both good and bad predictions. Dark gray clouds foreshadow a thunderstorm, just as spring showers foreshadow May flowers. What is foreshadowed doesn't always happen, though. A story might not foreshadow a happily-ever-after ending, but then it takes an unexpected twist, and the villain turns out to be a hero.

Definitions of foreshadow
  1. verb
    indicate by signs
    synonyms: augur, auspicate, betoken, bode, forecast, foretell, omen, portend, predict, prefigure, presage, prognosticate
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    types:
    threaten
    to be a menacing indication of something:"The clouds threaten rain"
    foreshow
    foretell by divine inspiration
    type of:
    bespeak, betoken, indicate, point, signal
    be a signal for or a symptom of
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