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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 ?
Ahead we neither saw nor heard any sign which might betoken the success of Hooja's mission.
When there is dust rising in a high column, it is the sign of chariots advancing; when the dust is low, but spread over a wide area, it betokens the approach of infantry.
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.
Besides, I dreamt, the night before I saw you, that I stumbled over a stool without hurting myself; which plainly showed me something good was towards me: and last night I dreamt again, that I rode behind you on a milk-white mare, which is a very excellent dream, and betokens much good fortune, which I am resolved to pursue unless you have the cruelty to deny me.
I dared not look at her, but I felt her eye was upon me, and from one hasty, furtive glance, I thought her cheek was slightly flushed, and that her fingers, as she played with her watch-chain, were agitated with that restless, trembling motion which betokens high excitement.
All this may appear to betoken skepticism about the existence of a core, verifiable self basically continuous through time and circumstance, but this is an issue on which Napier turns over competing evidence rather than definitively pronounces.
A culture of exclusion soon returned and 'those who betoken difference of any kind have been targeted relentlessly.
It is riddled with dense and sparse zones that betoken planets in the making.
It would betoken a willingness that I should do it.
IF The wind is howling in from the steppes one moment, there is a torrential downpour the next and then the sun comes out to betoken the pleasures of summer to come it can only be the Rowley Mile in april.
But do the enduring troubles in the largest Arab state betoken looming collapse or the inevitable churn of liberty being birthed?
This explanation trumps the possibility that John's reactions betoken his instinctive loathing of a life-cheapening moral disorder--incidentally an idea, like many of Huxley's, that clearly owes much to Lawrence.