fore·​shad·​ow | \ fȯr-ˈsha-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce foreshadow (audio) \
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 How to pronounce foreshadower (audio) \ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web European governments, facing a virus surge, have moved with much greater alacrity, and their actions may foreshadow what can be expected here. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | OTHERS SAY: The runaway pandemic," 10 Nov. 2020 Worries are building that the COVID-19 spike in Europe possibly could foreshadow widespread shutdowns in the United States — and that would hurt economic growth. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "US economy to deliver record 3rd quarter — but spiking COVID-19 cases could bring slump," 28 Oct. 2020 Jim Irsay, owner and CEO of the Colts, seemed to foreshadow the change of course on Twitter prior to official news of the negative re-tests. Jason Kurtz, CNN, "The Indianapolis Colts are reopening the team's complex after Covid-19 retests come back negative," 16 Oct. 2020 The company’s arguments foreshadow the likelihood of a major, lengthy legal battle between the tech giant and state and federal antitrust enforcers that try to exact severe penalties for Facebook’s business practices. Washington Post, "State, federal antitrust charges against Facebook could come as soon as November, sources say," 23 Oct. 2020 The criticism could foreshadow Vice President Mike Pence’s line of attack against Harris during the debate at the University of Utah. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "LIVE: Coronavirus front and center as Pence, Harris square off in only vice presidential debate," 7 Oct. 2020 Chad Sbragia, the deputy secretary of defense for China policy, said in an interview Monday with a small group of reporters that China's nuclear expansion plan may foreshadow even more ambitious plans. Robert Burns, Star Tribune, "Pentagon says China planning big increase in nuclear arsenal," 1 Sep. 2020 In normal times, that would foreshadow some relocations to smaller space, except that post-COVID-19 work environments may require more room for social distancing. Dallas News, "More pandemic fallout: Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas losing construction jobs, despite housing boom," 1 Sep. 2020 But as other airlines foreshadow big job cuts with the looming end of government aid, Sun Country may be able to hang on to its 1,500 workers. Kristen Leigh Painter, Star Tribune, "Why Minnesota-based Sun Country is 'outperforming' rest of airline industry," 29 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of foreshadow

1577, in the meaning defined above

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22 Nov 2020

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“Foreshadow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce foreshadow (audio) \
foreshadowed; foreshadowing

Kids Definition of foreshadow

: to give a hint of beforehand

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