- to give evidence of; indicate: to betoken one's fidelity with a vow; a kiss that betokens one's affection.
- to be or give a token or sign of; portend: a thunderclap that betokens foul weather; an angry word that betokens hostility.
Origin of betoken
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Examples from the Web for betoken
There had been barely a glance between us to betoken the dreadfulness of the moment.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
It was empty, and neither horse nor man nor boy was there to betoken that it had an owner.Tom, Dick and Harry
Talbot Baines Reed
Her voice was quiet, but it did not betoken indifference; he knew that she was not one to forget.The Long Portage
They betoken nervousness, of course—inherent nervousness, probably.'Murphy'
There are some barbarisms in it, which seem to betoken its antiquity.
- to indicate; signifyblack clothes betoken mourning
- to portend; augur
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Word Origin and History for betoken
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