betoken

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English bitoknen, bitacnen, from Old English betācnian ‎(to betoken, signify, designate), equivalent to be- +‎ token. Cognate with Dutch betekenen ‎(to mean, signify), German bezeichnen ‎(to call, designate), Swedish beteckna ‎(to represent, designate, indicate).

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betoken ‎(third-person singular simple present betokens, present participle betokening, simple past and past participle betokened)

  1. Signify by some visible object; show by signs or tokens.
  2. Foreshow by present signs; indicate something future by that which is seen or known.

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