foreshadow

verb fore·shad·ow \ fȯr-ˈsha-(ˌ)dō \

Definition of foreshadow

transitive verb
:to represent, indicate, or typify beforehand :prefigure
  • The hero's predicament is foreshadowed in the first chapter.

foreshadower

play \fȯr-ˈsha-də-wər\ noun

Examples of foreshadow in a Sentence

  1. Her early interest in airplanes foreshadowed her later career as a pilot.

  2. The hero's predicament is foreshadowed in the first chapter.

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First Known Use of foreshadow

1577


FORESHADOW Defined for English Language Learners

foreshadow

verb

Definition of foreshadow for English Language Learners

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


FORESHADOW Defined for Kids

foreshadow

verb fore·shad·ow \ fȯr-ˈsha-dō \

Definition of foreshadow for Students

foreshadowed; foreshadowing
:to give a hint of beforehand


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