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.

Other Words from foreshadow

foreshadower \ fȯr-​ˈsha-​də-​wər How to pronounce foreshadow (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 Nick Saban didn’t foreshadow the result with reports of poor practices with lacking mental sharpness. Michael Casagrande |, al, 7 Nov. 2021 Flu numbers were actually relatively low last year, but experts said that doesn't necessarily foreshadow how this year will turn out. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 22 Sep. 2021 At the Fed's annual conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Powell took pains to emphasize that scaling back the bond-buying would not necessarily foreshadow rate hikes shortly after, noting the stricter criteria for lifting rates. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, 22 Sep. 2021 What happens in Week 1 doesn’t always foreshadow what’s ahead., 18 Sep. 2021 Silverstein’s words also seem to foreshadow the situation in Taylor’s apartment that night., 21 May 2020 On Tuesday, the benchmark price of Brent crude oil hit its highest level since October 2018, which for a country that relies on oil imports foreshadow further inflationary pressure ahead. Stephen Wright, WSJ, 6 Oct. 2021 For some expository reason that the show does nothing to foreshadow or explain, Lucianne grows tender. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 28 Sep. 2021 The tragedy seemed to foreshadow the end of the spot, but, several months later, the only changes included the new barriers and a lone streetlight. Daniel Karel, Curbed, 17 Aug. 2021

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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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