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

Synonyms for foreshadow


forerun, harbinger, herald, prefigure

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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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His stories unfold this way, full of the small, intriguing details that in a novel might work as foreshadowing. Alice Bolin, Longreads, "The Daughter as Detective," 26 June 2018 That could foreshadow a costly battle with Didi Chuxing, which is backed by Japan’s SoftBank Group and Alibaba. Liza Lin, WSJ, "Meituan Wants to Be the Grubhub of China (and the Yelp, and the Groupon, and the Kayak)," 21 June 2018 The home, as foreshadowed in the previous episodes, is on the market. Rebecca Farley,, "The Fosters Moves Out: Saying Goodbye To TV's Most Temperate Family Drama," 7 June 2018 Just as well, as this foreshadows his legendarily awkward encounter with the Sacramento Kings in 2016 -- but that comes later. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Drake's 8 Most Memorable Sports Fan Moments," 3 May 2018 The Upper Darby Shooting Stars dance troupe foreshadows fireworks at 9 p.m., while the display begins at 9 p.m. Admission is $4, children under 5 are free. Claire Wolters,, "Fireworks on July Fourth: Where to watch them in and near Philadelphia," 27 June 2018 So what could that foreshadow on Season 2 of Westworld? Ashley Hoffman, Time, "One Key Westworld Phrase to Remember When You Watch Season 2," 18 Apr. 2018 Von der Leyen foreshadowed the new German government's profoundly important policy decision in a speech at the Munich Security Conference in February., "Merkel's military revival," 29 Mar. 2018 Did this disagreement foreshadow their marital distress? Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "How Will Brad and Angelina Divide Their Assets?," 20 Sep. 2016

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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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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