Definition of foretell in English:

foretell

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Predict (the future or a future event)

    with clause ‘a seer had foretold that she would assume the throne’
    ‘as he foretold, thousands lost their lives’
    • ‘And like all successful prophets he would be heeded by the rich and the powerful, even if their own churches warned against foretelling the future.’
    • ‘Then there were the people who believed that dreams foretold the future.’
    • ‘The prophecies of Nostradamus are said to foretell events centuries in his future.’
    • ‘In the Greek theatre Chorus speaks for the citizens, comments on events and foretells the future.’
    • ‘The true prophet does not foretell an inevitable future, but warns of likely consequences should a present course of action continue.’
    • ‘I say this because I don't know of any other religion that has been able to foretell the future through prophets.’
    • ‘My follow up to this story was that Joe could foretell his future back then.’
    • ‘Though it wrestles with images, impressions, hopes and fears about the future, the technique does not claim to foretell the future.’
    • ‘A science which teaches to judge of the effects and influences of the stars, and to foretell future events, by their situation and different aspects.’
    • ‘History hangs on thousands of fragile threads, and speculating on the unhappened past is almost as great a folly as trying to foretell the future.’
    • ‘Jesus Christ, I say, can foresee and foretell the future.’
    • ‘Often when a great person dies, a symbolic event which foretells the death of that person, occurs.’
    • ‘In other words, they actually believe that children use cardboard toys to cast spells and foretell the future.’
    • ‘If people could decipher the signs that foretold events, the events would be predictable and humans could act wisely.’
    • ‘For water-witching or foretelling the future, the diviner was often an integral, if under-appreciated member of the country village.’
    • ‘In pagan times poets were thought to be gifted with second sight, able in a trance or frenzy to foretell future events.’
    • ‘Sometimes, your ability to foretell the future is uncanny.’
    • ‘Who would have been brave enough to foretell football's future 50 years ago?’
    • ‘Counterargument to this belief is that you absolutely have no way to know what will happen if you talk to someone new - this would be foretelling the future.’
    • ‘I like to think of myself as a Product Evangelist, dreaming up wonderful new product features, foretelling the future of mobile telecoms, and preaching the glory that is our system to the assembled masses.’
    predict, forecast, foresee, anticipate, envisage, envision, see, prophesy, prognosticate, augur, divine
    augur, presage, portend, foreshadow, indicate, signal, point to, add up to, be an omen of, be a warning of, be a harbinger of
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Pronunciation

foretell

/fɔrˈtɛl//fôrˈtel/