betoken

verb be·to·ken \ bi-ˈtō-kən , bē- \

Definition of betoken

betokened; betokening play \-ˈtōk-niŋ, -ˈtō-kə-\
1 : to typify beforehand : presage
2 : to give evidence of : show

Examples of betoken in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of betoken

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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BETOKEN Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of betoken for English Language Learners

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



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