[ fawr-tel, fohr- ]
See synonyms for: foretellforetellingforetoldforeteller on

verb (used with object),fore·told, fore·tell·ing.
  1. to tell of beforehand; predict; prophesy.

Origin of foretell

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

Other words for foretell

Other words from foretell

  • fore·tell·er, noun
  • un·fore·told, adjective

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How to use foretell in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for foretell


/ (fɔːˈtɛl) /

verb-tells, -telling or -told
  1. (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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