betoken


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be·to·ken

 (bĭ-tō′kən)
tr.v. be·to·kened, be·to·ken·ing, be·to·kens
To be or give a sign of: "His accent seemed to betoken an aristocratic origin" (David I. Kertzer). See Synonyms at indicate.

[Middle English bitoknen : bi-, be- + toknen, to signify (from Old English tācnian; see deik- in Indo-European roots).]

betoken

(bɪˈtəʊkən)
vb (tr)
1. to indicate; signify: black clothes betoken mourning.
2. to portend; augur

be•to•ken

(bɪˈtoʊ kən)

v.t.
1. to give evidence of; indicate.
2. to signify as a token; portend.
[1125–75]

betoken


Past participle: betokened
Gerund: betokening

Imperative
betoken
betoken
Present
I betoken
you betoken
he/she/it betokens
we betoken
you betoken
they betoken
Preterite
I betokened
you betokened
he/she/it betokened
we betokened
you betokened
they betokened
Present Continuous
I am betokening
you are betokening
he/she/it is betokening
we are betokening
you are betokening
they are betokening
Present Perfect
I have betokened
you have betokened
he/she/it has betokened
we have betokened
you have betokened
they have betokened
Past Continuous
I was betokening
you were betokening
he/she/it was betokening
we were betokening
you were betokening
they were betokening
Past Perfect
I had betokened
you had betokened
he/she/it had betokened
we had betokened
you had betokened
they had betokened
Future
I will betoken
you will betoken
he/she/it will betoken
we will betoken
you will betoken
they will betoken
Future Perfect
I will have betokened
you will have betokened
he/she/it will have betokened
we will have betokened
you will have betokened
they will have betokened
Future Continuous
I will be betokening
you will be betokening
he/she/it will be betokening
we will be betokening
you will be betokening
they will be betokening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been betokening
you have been betokening
he/she/it has been betokening
we have been betokening
you have been betokening
they have been betokening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been betokening
you will have been betokening
he/she/it will have been betokening
we will have been betokening
you will have been betokening
they will have been betokening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been betokening
you had been betokening
he/she/it had been betokening
we had been betokening
you had been betokening
they had been betokening
Conditional
I would betoken
you would betoken
he/she/it would betoken
we would betoken
you would betoken
they would betoken
Past Conditional
I would have betokened
you would have betokened
he/she/it would have betokened
we would have betokened
you would have betokened
they would have betokened
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.betoken - be a signal for or a symptom ofbetoken - be a signal for or a symptom of; "These symptoms indicate a serious illness"; "Her behavior points to a severe neurosis"; "The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued"
augur, auspicate, bode, omen, portend, foreshadow, presage, prognosticate, predict, prefigure, betoken, forecast, foretell - indicate by signs; "These signs bode bad news"
mark - designate as if by a mark; "This sign marks the border"
tell - let something be known; "Tell them that you will be late"
2.betoken - indicate by signsbetoken - indicate by signs; "These signs bode bad news"
threaten - to be a menacing indication of something:"The clouds threaten rain"; "Danger threatens"
bespeak, betoken, indicate, signal, point - be a signal for or a symptom of; "These symptoms indicate a serious illness"; "Her behavior points to a severe neurosis"; "The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued"
foreshow - foretell by divine inspiration

betoken

verb indicate, mark, suggest, evidence, promise, represent, declare, manifest, signify, denote, typify, bode, bespeak, augur, presage, portend, prognosticate His demeanour betokened embarrassment at his prosperity.

betoken

verb
To give grounds for believing in the existence or presence of:
Translations

betoken

[bɪˈtəʊkən] (liter) VTpresagiar, anunciar

betoken

[bɪˈtəʊkən] vt (= signal) → dénoter

betoken

vt (old)bedeuten, hindeuten auf (+acc)

betoken

[bɪˈtəʊkən] vt (liter) → denotare
References in classic literature ?
Having dispelled the cold, he turned eagerly to the smoking mess which was placed before him, and ate with a haste and an apparent relish, that seemed to betoken long abstinence from food.
He saw, with horror, marks upon her body that might well betoken violence.
No, sire, for that would only betoken for us seven years of plenty and seven years of scarcity; and with a king as full of foresight as your majesty, scarcity is not a thing to be feared.
A steam ferry boat, the last improvement on this important route, lay at the river side, puffing, snorting, and emitting all those other disagreeable utterances which betoken the departure to be immediate.
He continued speaking with those brief and panting jerks, which betoken deep internal convulsions.
He was dandiacally dressed, seemed to tell something under twenty years and had a handsome wistful face atop of a heavy, lumbering, almost corpulent figure, which however did not betoken inactivity; for David's purple hat (a conceit of his mother's of which we were both heartily ashamed) blowing off as we neared him he leapt the railings without touching them and was back with it in three seconds; only instead of delivering it straightway he seemed to expect David to chase him for it.
Ahead we neither saw nor heard any sign which might betoken the success of Hooja's mission.
No sign of occult art is to be seen, unless the bundles of dried herbs hanging to the rack and in the ingle and the row of labelled phials on one of the shelves betoken it.
The Prince's smile was sweet, but those who knew him best wondered what evil it might betoken for his ancient enemy.
There was a momentary flush on her firm square face, a momentary stillness in her restless hands, which seemed to betoken a coming outburst of anger that might throw her off her guard.
A few small houses, scattered on either side of the road, betoken the entrance to some town or village.
which they never violate) they explain thus: the sheep is the mother of them who swear; the butter betokens the love between the mother and the children, and an oath taken on a mother's head is sacred.