Definition of foreshadow in US English:



[with object]
  • Be a warning or indication of (a future event)

    ‘it foreshadowed my preoccupation with jazz’
    • ‘Their debates over conservatism foreshadowed our debates today over liberalism.’
    • ‘This is eventually revealed to have an oblique connection with the main storyline, and to foreshadow the traumatic events behind the making of the enigmatic footage: the dots just about join up.’
    • ‘Suffice it to say that the smallest details foreshadow these surprises, in heartbreaking and heart-lifting ways.’
    • ‘But as the sun sets on a troubled election, it's still not clear if that anger foreshadows a change in power.’
    • ‘The recent conflict between a Democratic governor of California and a Republican president foreshadows future debates between the parties over energy policy.’
    • ‘This evening's episode foreshadows the finale.’
    • ‘Light traffic offered little to foreshadow the afternoon's events; the St. Laurent shopping centre had a parking garage filled with cars as I passed by.’
    • ‘Decades from now, historians will say the book foreshadows the end of the global corporation, and the rise of the civil society movement.’
    • ‘What then is the picture of the world in the mind of this child, and how does it foreshadow the future events of the story?’
    • ‘It establishes a mood and foreshadows future events.’
    • ‘These dreams are invariably important, and often foreshadow events in the near future.’
    • ‘This foreshadowed the sacrifice that Jesus made as the perfect Lamb of God to settle the requirement of blood for life once and for all.’
    • ‘Nationally, this foreshadows economic disaster unless we can pull off a political and cultural about-face regarding education.’
    • ‘The lighting and staging of the work foreshadow the tragedy effectively, juxtaposing dark, foreboding scenes with light, flirtatious ones.’
    • ‘After all, what Hollywood screenwriter would spend half an hour foreshadowing an event that never arrives?’
    • ‘The sky was a dark blood red that night almost as if foreshadowing the events to come.’
    • ‘Two events foreshadow a significant change in the fortunes of marriage and family in Australia.’
    • ‘This impression is not quite accurate but does foreshadow events to come.’
    • ‘The former poem foreshadows future rebellion when he proclaims to the guards.’
    • ‘In a move which could foreshadow the end of super-quarries in Scotland, the Scottish Executive is preparing to review its controversial guidance on mineral workings.’
    augur, presage, portend, prognosticate, foreshow, foretell, indicate, suggest, signal, herald, forewarn, warn of, promise, point to, anticipate
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