betoken

verb
be·​to·​ken | \ bi-ˈtō-kən How to pronounce betoken (audio) , bē-\
betokened; betokening\ bi-​ˈtōk-​niŋ How to pronounce betokening (audio) , -​ˈtō-​kə-​ , bē-​ \

Definition of betoken

transitive verb

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

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Examples of betoken in a Sentence

the humor in his writing is never cruel, and betokens a warm and compassionate heart

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Banks employ armies of people in back offices, looking for discrepancies that may betoken fraud or honest error. The Economist, "The digitisation of trade’s paper trail may be at hand," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of betoken

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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betoken

verb

English Language Learners Definition of betoken

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

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