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.

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The Eagle — Culver Creek’s martinet, played by Timothy Simons — then exclaims, foreshadowing the shenanigans the group will get up to along the series. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Hulu's "Looking for Alaska" Releases First Full Trailer Starring Kristine Froseth and Charlie Plummer," 12 Sep. 2019 Roma’) and ‘La La Land’ (which handed Venice festival awards to director Damien Chazelle and Emma Stone, foreshadowing the Oscars). Michael Phillips,, "Venice Film Festival preview: Can ‘Joker,’ Brad Pitt, Scarlett Johansson and ‘Birth of a Nation’'s Nate Parker continue the festival’s hot streak?," 22 Aug. 2019 The announcement, which Mr. Delrahim foreshadowed during a speech in May, extends a policy for crediting companies that develop programs for preventing corruption offenses. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, "Justice Department Extends Compliance Breaks to Antitrust Offenders," 11 July 2019 John Calipari had targeted the 6-foot-10, 250-pound forward as the final piece for his 2019-20 roster. Perhaps foreshadowing Blackshear’s choice, Calipari downplayed the need for further additions at a news conference Saturday. , Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "What losing Kerry Blackshear to Florida means for Kentucky basketball," 26 June 2019 Another 3,300 went under a sale contract during the month, foreshadowing strong sales in the months to come., "Portland home sales rebound to their highest level in nearly two years," 21 June 2019 The truth about Madonna's ticket sales are more complicated than a Page Six headline and foreshadow changes to the way tickets are priced and sold that will ultimately reshape how the music industry views success in touring. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Madonna's 17 Madame X Shows In New York Are More Than 90% Sold Out, So Everybody Chill," 12 June 2019 His potential weaknesses haven’t been widely debated yet, by other candidates, though several have taken swipes at Biden in recent days, foreshadowing a larger brawl. Michael Scherer, The Seattle Times, "Biden tests assumptions about what Democratic voters want in Trump era," 20 May 2019 Amid its tangles of color and form are spatters, foreshadowing what’s to come. Murray Whyte,, "At the MFA, German artist Katharina Grosse contends with Jackson Pollock," 5 Sep. 2019

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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 How to pronounce foreshadow (audio) \
foreshadowed; foreshadowing

Kids Definition of foreshadow

: to give a hint of beforehand

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to fake an opponent out of position

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