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- enPR: fôr-tĕlʹ, IPA(key): /fɔɹˈtɛl/
- Rhymes: -ɛl
- Hyphenation: fore‧tell
- (transitive, intransitive) To predict; to tell (the future) before it occurs; to prophesy.
- 1741, Conyers Middleton, The Life of Cicero:
- Prodigies, foretelling the future eminence and lustre of his character.
- (transitive) To tell (a person) of the future.
- 1739, Edward Button, Rudiments of Ancient History:
- […] there came to him a Person named Saul, whom Samuel had never before seen; but God made him know it was the same he had foretold him of.
to predict the future
- foretell in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- foretell in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.