foretell

[ fawr-tel, fohr- ]
/ fɔrˈtɛl, foʊr- /

verb (used with object), fore·told, fore·tell·ing.

to tell of beforehand; predict; prophesy.

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Origin of foretell

First recorded in 1250–1300, foretell is from the Middle English word fortell.See fore-, tell1

OTHER WORDS FROM foretell

fore·tell·er, nounun·fore·told, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for foretell

foretell
/ (fɔːˈtɛl) /

verb -tells, -telling or -told

(tr; may take a clause as object) to tell or indicate (an event, a result, etc) beforehand; predict

Derived forms of foretell

foreteller, noun
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