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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).]
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1. to indicate; signify: black clothes betoken mourning.
2. to portend; augur
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1. to give evidence of; indicate.
2. to signify as a token; portend.
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Past participle: betokened
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|Verb||1.||betoken - 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 signs; "These signs bode bad news"|
augur, auspicate, bode, omen, portend, foreshadow, presage, prognosticate, predict, prefigure, forecast, foretell
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
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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.
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betoken[bɪˈtəʊkən] vt (= signal) → dénoter
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betoken[bɪˈtəʊkən] vt (liter) → denotare
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