betoken


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Related to betoken: beggarly, nattiness

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.
For I believe that much of a man's character will be found betokened in his backbone.
Pickwick might very probably have reasoned himself into the belief that it really was, had he not, just then happening to look out of the coach window, observed that the looks of the passengers betokened anything but respectful astonishment, and that various telegraphic communications appeared to be passing between them and some persons outside the vehicle, whereupon it occurred to him that these demonstrations might be, in some remote degree, referable to the humorous deportment of Mr.
I thought I was once more by the side of the Sphere, whose lustrous hue betokened that he had exchanged his wrath against me for perfect placability.
His eyes were a little protuberant, his manner betokened awe.
And who is there will deny that this worthy lady's preparations betokened affection as much as the fits of tears and hysterics by which more sensitive females exhibited their love, and that their partaking of this coffee, which they drank together while the bugles were sounding the turn-out and the drums beating in the various quarters of the town, was not more useful and to the purpose than the outpouring of any mere sentiment could be?
(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.
Many moons ago, when he had been much smaller, he had desired the skin of Sabor, the lioness, or Numa, the lion, or Sheeta, the leopard to cover his hairless body that he might no longer resemble hideous Histah, the snake; but now he was proud of his sleek skin for it betokened his descent from a mighty race, and the conflicting desires to go naked in prideful proof of his ancestry, or to conform to the customs of his own kind and wear hideous and uncomfortable apparel found first one and then the other in the ascendency.
Indeed, the crown alone betokened majesty; in all else the, Scarecrow King was but a simple scarecrow -- flimsy, awkward, and unsubstantial.
"It's this way, Killeny," Daughtry began, one evening, Michael's head resting on his lord's knees as he gazed adoringly up into his lord's face, understanding no whit of what was spoken but loving the intimacy the sounds betokened. "I stole you for beer money, an' when I saw you there on the beach that night I knew you'd bring ten quid anywheres.
After miles of outlying streets and little gloomy houses, they reached London itself, red and roaring and murky, with a thick dampness coming up from the river, that betokened fog again to-morrow.