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.
Recent Examples on the Web Clemson rolled to a 44-16 victory over Alabama, a game that made a national star of Trevor Lawrence and might have foreshadowed some big-game struggles for the Crimson Tide several months later. 2. Creg Stephenson |, al, " All-Access: What’s your top college football memory from 2019?," 31 Dec. 2019 But Brady’s shaky performance throughout the game had foreshadowed what was to come., "Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki had just caught a 5-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick for the go-ahead touchdown, capping a 75-yard, 13-play drive. After kicker Jason Sanders hit the extra point to give Miami a 27-24 lead, the hushed home crowd seemed stunned.," 31 Dec. 2019 This basic specification had been foreshadowed before, and would be repeated again. Lee Child, Time, "Lee Child: How Jack Reacher Fits Into a Long History of Folk Heroes," 26 Nov. 2019 When Pippo was appointed boss in July 2014, many didn't foreshadow what was about to play out in the 2014/15 season., "Ranking AC Milan's Seven Bosses Since 2010/11 Serie A Title Winner Massimiliano Allegri's Departure," 10 Oct. 2019 Choose your provider Providers: Restart Free Preview Expires in Sign In Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker's, D-N.J., recent campaign memo may foreshadow some drastic change in the 2020 field, according to Chris Stirewalt. Fox News, "Chris Stirewalt says 2020 Democratic race reaching key point, could soon see 'substantive change'," 24 Sep. 2019 And a smart display of Detroit’s strategies for redeveloping vacant land may foreshadow what Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s new top planner, Maurice Cox, will do in Chicago. Blair Kamin,, "New Chicago Architecture Biennial opens and wants to upset the way you see the city. That’s why you should see it.," 19 Sep. 2019 That election did not foreshadow Democratic doom in 2012: Barack Obama went on to defeat Mitt Romney that year 51 percent to 47 percent. John Mccormack, National Review, "What Does North Carolina’s Special Election Tell Us About 2020?," 12 Sep. 2019 In some ways, the result may foreshadow the situation of today’s brown bear, which currently has a stable population but may soon be at risk due to conflicts with humans in an increasingly crowded and warming world. Tim Vernimmen, National Geographic, "Humans, not glaciers, likely doomed Ice Age cave bears," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of foreshadow

1577, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jan 2020

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“Foreshadow.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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