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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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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Credit spreads, reflecting the difference in yields between corporate bonds and safe Treasury securities, have jumped lately, a shift that in some past instances has foreshadowed a weakening economy. Gregory Zuckerman, WSJ, "Federal Reserve Not Likely Swayed by Recent Stock Market Declines," 20 Nov. 2018 Could the larger than life coils foreshadow the actress's headline-making beauty statements to come? Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Congrats, Blake Lively! A Look Back at Her Best Pregnancy Hair Looks," 3 May 2019 Joyner played this season on the franchise tag, and the Rams’ hesitance to give him a top-dollar, multiyear deal could be foreshadowing. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "McVay, Goff begin shaking off Rams’ loss, focusing on future," 5 Feb. 2019 Though Joey learns French for an audition, the book here foreshadows one of the final moments of the series: Rachel preparing to move to Paris. Vanessa Golembewski, Glamour, "Have You Noticed They're Always Reading on Friends? Yes, Even Joey," 2 July 2018 This success foreshadowed the multibillion dollar extreme sports industry. New York Times, "A Look Back at Evel Knievel: A Daredevil Unafraid to Fail," 29 June 2018 Shutdowns there foreshadowed Iran’s 1979 revolution. The Economist, "Iran braces for economic war with America," 17 May 2018 And another part of that November tweet foreshadowed the Boston results. Rachel Axon, USA TODAY, "Shalane Flanagan predicts Desi Linden's Boston Marathon victory in a tweet," 16 Apr. 2018 Foreshadow was, er, foreshadowed All of these speculative execution attacks follow a common set of principles. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Intel’s SGX blown wide open by, you guessed it, a speculative execution attack," 14 Aug. 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 How to pronounce foreshadow (audio) \
foreshadowed; foreshadowing

Kids Definition of foreshadow

: to give a hint of beforehand

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