fore·​shad·​ow | \ fȯr-ˈsha-(ˌ)dō \
foreshadowed; foreshadowing; foreshadows

Definition of foreshadow 

transitive verb

: to represent, indicate, or typify beforehand : prefigure The hero's predicament is foreshadowed in the first chapter.

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Other Words from foreshadow

foreshadower \ fȯr-​ˈsha-​də-​wər \ noun

Examples of foreshadow in a Sentence

Her early interest in airplanes foreshadowed her later career as a pilot. The hero's predicament is foreshadowed in the first chapter.

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images The government is five days into a partial shutdown, and Congress and the president are no closer to a deal to fund it, foreshadowing a stalemate that could drag on into 2019. Li Zhou, Vox, "Wednesday is day 5 of a partial government shutdown. It could go on for a while.," 26 Dec. 2018 Yabut seemed to foreshadow the theft and chase in Twitter posts Tuesday. Washington Post, "Police: Man steals armored vehicle from National Guard base," 6 June 2018 Temperatures are anticipated to dip to around 50 overnight, when clouds will roll in to foreshadow a muggy few days, Dunham said. Alana Levene,, "After a sunny Sunday, rain is expected on Monday and Tuesday," 3 June 2018 Calling one’s company Rival seems to foreshadow a tipping point. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Nathan Hubbard's Plan to 'Rival' Ticketmaster Makes Big Claims, But Offers Few Details," 4 May 2018 Though some commenters voiced concern that the rebranding foreshadowed an end to doughnut sales at the store, Dunkin’ reps quickly confirmed through its official account that the beloved pastries were not slated to leave menus in any way. Fox News, "Dunkin' Donuts name change met with frustration, apathy on Twitter," 28 Sep. 2018 In this way, Central Park also foreshadows what Wiseman would do in 2017 with Ex Libris, where many of the same issues are revived in connection with the New York Public Library. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "5 movies that explain why documentarian Frederick Wiseman is a living legend," 3 May 2018 But the large roster of candidates also foreshadows an unpredictable and potentially divisive primary season in a party where pragmatists and fiery liberals have vied for influence. Jonathan Tamari,, "Nearly 100 people are running for Congress in Pa. Here's how the races are shaping up.," 20 Mar. 2018 Over nine weeks, Westworld hasn’t successfully built suspense around getting the how of its foreshadowed flood answered, but here’s hoping the splashy ends of this season justify its all-too-dry means. The Atlantic, "Westworld: Who Cares About the Man in Black?," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of foreshadow

1577, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of foreshadow

: to give a suggestion of (something that has not yet happened)


fore·​shad·​ow | \ fȯr-ˈsha-dō \
foreshadowed; foreshadowing

Kids Definition of foreshadow

: to give a hint of beforehand

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