[fawr-ruhn, fohr-]

verb (used with object), fore·ran, fore·run, fore·run·ning.

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.

Nearby words

  1. forepleasure,
  2. forepole,
  3. forequarter,
  4. forequarters,
  5. forereach,
  6. forerunner,
  7. foresaddle,
  8. foresaid,
  9. foresail,
  10. foresee

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for forerun


verb -runs, -running, -ran or -run (tr)

to serve as a herald for
to go before; precede
to prevent or forestall
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