foretell

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

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

to tell of beforehand; predict; prophesy.

QUIZZES

GEE WHILLIKERS! WAIT TILL YOU SEE THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!

Do you remember all the words from last week, September 21–27, 2020? Then this quiz should be butyraceous.
Question 1 of 7
What does “yare” mean?

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for foretell

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012