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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Lovullo foreshadowed his bullpen decisions earlier in the day. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks fail to complete sweep, fall to Dodgers in 11 innings," 1 Sep. 2019 In retrospect, three elements of Mr. Miller’s approach foreshadowed his future exercise of power. Jason Deparle, New York Times, "How Stephen Miller Seized the Moment to Battle Immigration," 17 Aug. 2019 The Justice Department's top competition enforcer foreshadowed exactly how large tech platforms like Apple, Facebook and Google could soon find themselves under investigation. Brian Fung, CNN, "States threaten their own antitrust moves against tech firms," 12 June 2019 The Met Gala performance perhaps foreshadowed a return to her wild child days of dress up. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Lady Gaga’s Private Fashion Archive is Going on Display in Las Vegas—Infamous Dried Meat Dress Included," 30 May 2019 His signing of the document foreshadowed his Aug. 10 suicide, a jailhouse death that has prompted multiple federal inquiries and cast a harsh light on staffing shortages at the Manhattan facility. Curt Anderson, The Denver Post, "Jeffrey Epstein signed will 2 days before jailhouse suicide, records say," 19 Aug. 2019 Of course, Mullens’ performance in a meaningless game foreshadowed his impressive his eight-start performance in the regular season. Eric Branch,, "Five 49ers to watch in preseason opener," 10 Aug. 2019 The rejected proposal in the first episode of the season foreshadowed Logan’s upcoming doom, a hint that his relationship with Veronica (Kristen Bell) would not make it through the season. Ariana Brockington,, "Real Talk: Did That Tragic Veronica Mars Twist Really Need To Happen?," 25 July 2019 Seeds of the tea party The Perot movement foreshadowed the rise of the tea party in 2010. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Ross Perot's political legacy: Clinton, populism, Trump and the tea party," 9 July 2019

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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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