betoken

[ bih-toh-kuhn ]
/ bɪˈtoʊ kən /

verb (used with object)

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.

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Origin of betoken

First recorded in 1125–75, betoken is from the Middle English word bitocnen, bitacnen. See be-, token
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British Dictionary definitions for betoken

betoken
/ (bɪˈtəʊkən) /

verb (tr)

to indicate; signifyblack clothes betoken mourning
to portend; augur
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