to tell of beforehand; predict; prophesy.
- fore·tell·er, noun
- un·fore·told, adjective
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How to use foretell in a sentence
The winning lottery numbers and foretold riches never arrived.
He had, against the odds, successfully foretold their loss to the much weaker Serbia in the first round of play.The Amazing Tale of Paul the Psychic Octopus: Germany’s World Cup Soothsayer | Emily Shire | July 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The 1976 movie darkly foretold the future of television news.Paddy Chayefsky: The Dark Prophet of ‘Network’ News | Tim Teeman | February 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Virtually none of the disastrous results foretold by declinists and catastrophists materialized in 2013.
The Monuments Men touched upon all of the action in Europe save for Italy—a conspicuous absence that foretold a future volume.How WWII Soldiers Saved Italy’s Art From the Nazis | Noah Charney | May 25, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Tell ye, and come, and consult together: who hath declared this from the beginning, who hath foretold this from that time?The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
The prophets often speak of things to come as if they were past, to express the certainty of the event of the things foretold.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
In any case, so far as could be judged, the occurrence foretold was not imminent.The Story Of The Duchess Of Cicogne And Of Monsieur De Boulingrin | Anatole France
And when a restoration to the privileges of the sabbath is foretold, regard to them as a people in covenant is promised.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
Both in the first and in the later ages, the performance of the duty in these ages was foretold.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
British Dictionary definitions for foretell
(tr; may take a clause as object) to tell or indicate (an event, a result, etc) beforehand; predict
- foreteller, noun
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