[ fawr-shoh, fohr- ]
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verb (used with object),fore·showed, fore·shown, fore·show·ing.
  1. to show beforehand.

  2. foretell; foreshadow.

Origin of foreshow

before 1000; Middle English forescewen,Old English forescēawian.See fore-, show

Words Nearby foreshow Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use foreshow in a sentence

  • Before that heaven which our presentiments foreshow us, we cannot easily praise any form of life we have seen or read of.

    Essays, First Series | Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Fishes, when they bite more readily, and gambol near the surface of streams or pools, foreshow rain.

  • Kine (cattle) are said to foreshow rain when they lick their fore-feet, or lie on their right side.

  • Could it read their gentle lines, and foreshow by any ripple of its own, the destiny of her who looked upon it?

    Trevethlan: (Vol 2 of 3) | William Davy Watson
  • And did the candle prognosticate, I mean foreshow his death?

    Wild Wales | George Borrow

British Dictionary definitions for foreshow


/ (fɔːˈʃəʊ) /

verb-shows, -showing, -showed or -shown
  1. (tr) archaic to indicate in advance; foreshadow

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