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Definitions of foretell

  1. foreshadow or presage
  2. make a prediction about; tell in advance; " Call the outcome of an election"
  3. To predict; to tell before occurence; to prophesy; to foreshow.
  4. To utter predictions.
  5. To predict or prophesy; to tell beforehand.
  6. To tell before: to prophesy.
  7. To utter prophecy.
  8. FORETELLER.
  9. To predict tell beforehand.
  10. To predict.
  11. To tell before an event happens; to foretoken.
  12. To tell before an event happens; to predict.

Usage examples for foretell

  1. None could call down rain from the clouds, or conjure them into a clear sky, or foretell the coming of storms, like him. – Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 3 (of 3) by James Athearn Jones
  2. A strange thing in the air that is said, in these parts, to foretell calamity. – Put Yourself in His Place by Charles Reade
  3. For that is where thou wilt go; I know it, I feel it, I foretell it. – Flemish Legends by Charles de Coster
  4. Cato turned prophet, and, as if he had been possessed with a spirit of divination, did nothing else in the senate but foretell what evils should befall the Commonwealth and Pompey. – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh
  5. His fate abroad would be easy to foretell. – Our War with Spain for Cuba's Freedom by Trumbull White
  6. If so, I wonder whether anyone can foretell what can be the good of a stranger, a man that we have never seen, and who has everything about him to make him great, thrusting himself between us and our children, to take their hearts from us. – The Hour and the Man An Historical Romance by Harriet Martineau
  7. But the whole matter now bade fair to end in a tangled snarl, whose final issue no one could foretell. – A Knight Of The Nineteenth Century by E. P. Roe
  8. No one can foretell in what direction our young democracy will develop. – My Three Years in America by Johann Heinrich Andreas Hermann Albrecht Graf von Bernstorff
  9. One finds, indeed, that these facts are widely recognized abroad, in France and elsewhere, though I have noted that those who foretell the conquest of English, even when they are men of intellectual distinction and able to read English, are often quite unable to speak it or to understand it when spoken. – The Task of Social Hygiene by Havelock Ellis
  10. Alexander being naturally inclined to mysticism, was impressed by this strange character, and requested him to foretell the issue of the war with Napoleon. – Modern Saints and Seers by Jean Finot
  11. In vain did she foretell that great evils still threatened those who are akin to me through my sister's blood. – The Wandering Jew, Book VIII. by Eugene Sue
  12. Dreams that reach into the future and foretell events concealed from human ken, and which no reasoning or forethought can predict, are of interest as revealing glimpses of a new field of thought- that of prophecy. – Studies in the Out-Lying Fields of Psychic Science by Hudson Tuttle
  13. I asked the wise old Indian how he could foretell the winter. – Land of the Burnt Thigh by Edith Eudora Kohl
  14. They symbolize the house as a whole and usually the mien of its occupants; they create the first impressions which the guest has of his host, and foretell more or less accurately the sort of welcome to be expected. – The Colonial Architecture of Philadelphia by Frank Cousins Phil M. Riley
  15. Will your highness foretell the destiny of this dog with two tails? – The Pacha of Many Tales by Captain Frederick Marryat
  16. Who would have ventured to foretell that this capricious people, loathing as they did in 1815 the name of Buonaparte, should one day choose by universal suffrage another of that family to rule over them? – Dross by Henry Seton Merriman
  17. Our past is ourselves, what we are and shall be; and upon this unknown sphere there moves no creature, from the happiest down to the most unfortunate, who could foretell how great a loss would be his could he substitute the trace of another for the trace which he himself must leave in life. – The Buried Temple by Maurice Maeterlinck
  18. Much, at this critical juncture, depended on its effect, and nothing is so impossible to foretell as the effect of words spoken before a public assembly. – Cavour by Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
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