foreshadow

verb
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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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 As stocks have rebounded from a scary early February slide, the up and down may be foreshadowing a new, more-volatile period for markets. Michael A. Pollock, WSJ, "If Market Volatility Is Back, Are You Ready?," 4 Mar. 2018 In fact, an op-ed in the New York Times today foreshadows Trump winning reelection in 2020 due to the strong economy. Fox News, "Trump touts economy in the heartland," 27 July 2018 Does that foreshadow where the epic final battle will take place in Season 8? Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Game of Thrones Season 8 Teaser Is Here and Fans Already Have Theories," 7 Dec. 2018 The report's authors caution that this polarization foreshadows further democratic deterioration, particularly because polarization leads to a less functional government, one less able to compromise and come together to solve big issues. Amanda Erickson, Washington Post, "U.S. democracy is in grave danger, a new Economist report warns," 1 Feb. 2018 Jon's, Sansa's, and Arya's—show them at their current ages and foreshadow all three of their deaths. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Theories from the New Teaser Hint at Jon Snow and Bran Stark's Futures," 15 Jan. 2019 In 1963, a Seattle Daily Times story reported that the roof had developed a pair of leaks, foreshadowing future problems. Colin Diltz, The Seattle Times, "Renovations are nothing new to KeyArena, evolving since 1962 and home to new NHL team," 5 Dec. 2018 Yet much of Bush’s term saw an economy cruising well, while foreshadowing some flashpoints of today. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "‘It’s the economy, stupid,’ and the bad luck of George H.W. Bush," 4 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of foreshadow

1577, in the meaning defined above

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foreshadow

verb

English Language Learners Definition of foreshadow

: to give a suggestion of (something that has not yet happened)

foreshadow

verb
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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