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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 ?
Sometimes the household both among themselves and in his presence expressed their wonder at how it had all happened, and at the evident omens there had been of it: Prince Andrew's coming to Otradnoe and their coming to Petersburg, and the likeness between Natasha and Prince Andrew which her nurse had noticed on his first visit, and Andrew's encounter with Nicholas in 1805, and many other incidents betokening that it had to be.
Huge hills and mountains of casks on casks were piled upon her wharves, and side by side the world-wandering whale ships lay silent and safely moored at last; while from others came a sound of carpenters and coopers, with blended noises of fires and forges to melt the pitch, all betokening that new cruises were on the start; that one most perilous and long voyage ended, only begins a second; and a second ended, only begins a third, and so on, for ever and for aye.
One day, on drawing near to the Ti, I observed that extensive preparations were going forward, plainly betokening some approaching festival.
This figure is completely immobile with his hands held palms together in the time-honoured position betokening prayer or meditation.
GREAT WAR The whitening hair and slightly failing sight are the only visual signs betokening the passage of 70 years.
This explains the novel's repeated scenes of "the valley of ashes," the image that Fitzgerald borrowed from Eliot's The Waste Land and "The Hollow Men," betokening the arid hopelessness and perplexing aimlessness of a world stripped of faith and, with it, spiritual purpose.