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 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 Coming into 2020, Dallas Derby Devils events seemed to foreshadow the momentum the sport now has. Jonny Auping, Dallas News, "Dallas roller derby league struggles to stay afloat, even as skating goes viral," 30 Mar. 2021 Others show hints of shapes that foreshadow the iconic Mandelbrot set. Marissa Fessenden, Scientific American, "Fractals, Chaos and Other Mathematical Visions Reside on The Islands of Benoit Mandelbrot," 21 Dec. 2012 In his debate performance and campaign stops, Mr. Biden didn’t foreshadow huge spending increases, big bump-ups in the debt, crushing tax increases, or transformation of the economy. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Joe Biden Is the Six Trillion Dollar Man," 28 Apr. 2021 But The Nevers doesn’t foreshadow this conflict, or really much at all about what’s going to happen next, week to week. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, "The Nevers Recap: Hold the Phone," 25 Apr. 2021 The disconnect evident in the letter likely foreshadow an ongoing delay in providing more funds to workers, businesses, families and schools clobbered by the health and economic realities of a year-long pandemic. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "GOP lawmaker: No deal on federal relief funds until Whitmer negotiates on COVID-19 orders," 11 Mar. 2021 The arrangement, while not unprecedented, may foreshadow bruising partisan battles in the coming months over lifetime appointments to the bench, as well as key U.S. attorney spots. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "How judicial appointments in Texas will work — or not — under a Democratic president and two GOP senators," 15 Feb. 2021 But the friendly atmosphere didn’t foreshadow a landslide confirmation vote for Becerra, as many Republicans expressed reservations. Tal Kopan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Xavier Becerra survives fireworks-free Senate confirmation hearing," 23 Feb. 2021 That could foreshadow the problem recall organizers face in challenging Newsom in a state where the most populous areas are overwhelmingly Democratic. Dustin Gardiner, San Francisco Chronicle, "Here's where California's recall Gavin Newsom movement is strongest," 26 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of foreshadow

1577, in the meaning defined above

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14 May 2021

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“Foreshadow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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