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[fawr-ruhn, fohr-]
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verb (used with object), fore·ran, fore·run, fore·run·ning.
  1. to run in front of; come before; precede.
  2. to be the precursor or harbinger of; prefigure.
  3. to anticipate or foretell.
  4. to forestall.
  5. to outrun or outstrip.
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Origin of forerun

1505–15; fore- + run; probably not continuous with Middle English forerennen (intransitive) to run ahead, Old English fōryrnan
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Historical Examples

  • 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.


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for forerun


verb -runs, -running, -ran or -run (tr)
  1. to serve as a herald for
  2. to go before; precede
  3. to prevent or forestall
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