Definition of foretell in English:



  • Predict (the future or a future event)

    ‘as he foretold, thousands lost their lives’
    [with clause] ‘a seer had foretold that she would assume the throne’
    • ‘The true prophet does not foretell an inevitable future, but warns of likely consequences should a present course of action continue.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Though it wrestles with images, impressions, hopes and fears about the future, the technique does not claim to foretell the future.’
    • ‘In pagan times poets were thought to be gifted with second sight, able in a trance or frenzy to foretell future events.’
    • ‘Who would have been brave enough to foretell football's future 50 years ago?’
    • ‘My follow up to this story was that Joe could foretell his future back then.’
    • ‘For water-witching or foretelling the future, the diviner was often an integral, if under-appreciated member of the country village.’
    • ‘Sometimes, your ability to foretell the future is uncanny.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the Greek theatre Chorus speaks for the citizens, comments on events and foretells 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I say this because I don't know of any other religion that has been able to foretell the future through prophets.’
    • ‘In other words, they actually believe that children use cardboard toys to cast spells and foretell the future.’
    • ‘Jesus Christ, I say, can foresee and foretell the future.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If people could decipher the signs that foretold events, the events would be predictable and humans could act wisely.’
    • ‘Often when a great person dies, a symbolic event which foretells the death of that person, occurs.’
    augur, presage, portend, foreshadow, indicate, signal, point to, add up to, be an omen of, be a warning of, be a harbinger of
    predict, forecast, foresee, anticipate, envisage, envision, see, prophesy, prognosticate, augur, divine
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