betoken


be·to·ken

verb \bi-ˈtō-kən, bē-\

: to show (something) : to be a sign of (something)

be·to·kenedbe·to·ken·ing\-ˈtōk-niŋ, -ˈtō-kə-\

Full Definition of BETOKEN

transitive verb
1
:  to typify beforehand :  presage
2
:  to give evidence of :  show

Examples of BETOKEN

  1. <the humor in his writing is never cruel, and betokens a warm and compassionate heart>

First Known Use of BETOKEN

15th century

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