[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.

Origin of forerun

1505–15; fore- + run; probably not continuous with Middle English forerennen (intransitive) to run ahead, Old English fōryrnan Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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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