- to run in front of; come before; precede.
- to be the precursor or harbinger of; prefigure.
- to anticipate or foretell.
- to forestall.
- to outrun or outstrip.
Origin of forerun
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Examples from the Web for forerun
The comet was the talk, especially in the evening, of the world, as it was taken to forerun disasters.The Lincoln Story Book
Henry L. Williams
He called to his mind the various portents and prophecies which had forerun their present danger.
It cannot forerun the limitations of its day, nor anticipate the conquests and common possessions of the future.Spenser
R. W. Church
True that the overthrow of Constantinople had forerun this event by nearly half a century.
But the reflexes have a machine-like fatality, and conscious aim does not forerun their execution.
- to serve as a herald for
- to go before; precede
- to prevent or forestall
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