[ fawr-ruhn, fohr- ]
/ fɔrˈrʌn, foʊr- /

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.

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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/ (fɔːˈrʌn) /

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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