forerun

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

fore- +‎ run

Verb[edit]

forerun ‎(third-person singular simple present foreruns, present participle forerunning, simple past foreran, past participle forerun)

  1. To run in front.
  2. To precede; to forecast or foreshadow.
    • 1597, William Shakespeare, [II], Act II, Scene 4,
      These signs forerun the death or fall of kings.
    • 1859-85, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "[[1]]", Idylls of the King, Chicago: W.B. Conkey, 1900, pp. 325-6, [2]
      And in herself she moan'd, 'Too late, too late!' / Till in the cold wind that foreruns the morn, / A blot in heaven, the Raven, flying high, / Croak'd, []
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 5, [3]
      Discontent foreran the Two Mutinies, and more or less it lurkingly survived them.