fore·​run fȯr-ˈrən How to pronounce forerun (audio)
foreran fȯr-ˈran How to pronounce forerun (audio) ; forerun; forerunning

transitive verb

: to run before
: to come before as a token of something to follow

Examples of forerun in a Sentence

the moral decay that traditionally foreruns the decline of a mighty empire

Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of forerun was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Forerun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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