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fore·tell

 (fôr-tĕl′)
tr.v. fore·told (-tōld′), fore·tell·ing, fore·tells
To tell of or indicate beforehand; predict.

fore·tell′er n.
Synonyms: foretell, augur, divine, prophesy
These verbs mean to tell about something beforehand by or as if by supernatural means: foretelling the future; augured a scandal; divined the enemy's victory; prophesying a stock-market boom. See Also Synonyms at predict.

foretell

(fɔːˈtɛl)
vb, -tells, -telling or -told
(tr; may take a clause as object) to tell or indicate (an event, a result, etc) beforehand; predict
foreˈteller n

fore•tell

(fɔrˈtɛl, foʊr-)

v.t. -told, -tell•ing.
to tell of beforehand; predict; prophesy.
[1250–1300]
fore•tell′er, n.

foretell


Past participle: foretold
Gerund: foretelling

Imperative
foretell
foretell
Present
I foretell
you foretell
he/she/it foretells
we foretell
you foretell
they foretell
Preterite
I foretold
you foretold
he/she/it foretold
we foretold
you foretold
they foretold
Present Continuous
I am foretelling
you are foretelling
he/she/it is foretelling
we are foretelling
you are foretelling
they are foretelling
Present Perfect
I have foretold
you have foretold
he/she/it has foretold
we have foretold
you have foretold
they have foretold
Past Continuous
I was foretelling
you were foretelling
he/she/it was foretelling
we were foretelling
you were foretelling
they were foretelling
Past Perfect
I had foretold
you had foretold
he/she/it had foretold
we had foretold
you had foretold
they had foretold
Future
I will foretell
you will foretell
he/she/it will foretell
we will foretell
you will foretell
they will foretell
Future Perfect
I will have foretold
you will have foretold
he/she/it will have foretold
we will have foretold
you will have foretold
they will have foretold
Future Continuous
I will be foretelling
you will be foretelling
he/she/it will be foretelling
we will be foretelling
you will be foretelling
they will be foretelling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been foretelling
you have been foretelling
he/she/it has been foretelling
we have been foretelling
you have been foretelling
they have been foretelling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been foretelling
you will have been foretelling
he/she/it will have been foretelling
we will have been foretelling
you will have been foretelling
they will have been foretelling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been foretelling
you had been foretelling
he/she/it had been foretelling
we had been foretelling
you had been foretelling
they had been foretelling
Conditional
I would foretell
you would foretell
he/she/it would foretell
we would foretell
you would foretell
they would foretell
Past Conditional
I would have foretold
you would have foretold
he/she/it would have foretold
we would have foretold
you would have foretold
they would have foretold
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.foretell - foreshadow or presageforetell - foreshadow or presage    
tell - let something be known; "Tell them that you will be late"
2.foretell - make a prediction about; tell in advance; "Call the outcome of an election"
read - interpret the significance of, as of palms, tea leaves, intestines, the sky; also of human behavior; "She read the sky and predicted rain"; "I can't read his strange behavior"; "The fortune teller read his fate in the crystal ball"
hazard, guess, venture, pretend - put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation; "I am guessing that the price of real estate will rise again"; "I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong"
outguess, second-guess - attempt to anticipate or predict
augur - predict from an omen
bet, wager - maintain with or as if with a bet; "I bet she will be there!"
forecast, calculate - predict in advance
prophesy, vaticinate - predict or reveal through, or as if through, divine inspiration
3.foretell - indicate by signsforetell - 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

foretell

verb predict, forecast, prophesy, portend, call, signify, bode, foreshadow, augur, presage, forewarn, prognosticate, adumbrate, forebode, foreshow, soothsay, vaticinate (rare) prophets who have foretold the end of the world

foretell

verb
1. To tell about or make known (future events) in advance, especially by means of special knowledge or inference:
2. To tell about or make known (future events) by or as if by supernatural means:
3. To give an indication of something in advance:
Translations
يَتَنَبَّأ، يَتَكَهَّن، يَعْرِف سَلَفا
předpovídat
forudsige
spá, segja fyrir
išpranašautinuspėti
napovedati
önceden haber vermek

foretell

[fɔːˈtel] (foretold (pt, pp)) VT (= predict) → predecir, pronosticar; (= forebode) → presagiar

foretell

[fɔːrˈtɛl] [foretold] [fɔːrˈtəʊld] (pt, pp) vtprédire

foretell

pret, ptp <foretold>

foretell

[fɔːˈtɛl] (foretold (pt, pp)) vtpredire

foretell

(foːˈtel) past tense, past participle foreˈtold (-ˈtould) verb
to tell (about something) before it has happened. to foretell the future from the stars.
References in classic literature ?
you say you can foretell the fortunes of others; how is it you did not foresee your own?
One is the gift to foretell things that are but a little way off, the other is the gift to foretell things that are whole ages and centuries away.
Yes, a genuine expert can always foretell a thing that is five hundred years away easier than he can a thing that's only five hundred seconds off.
Knightley, do not foretell vexation from that quarter.
To have to be so uncertain as to the future, to have to be unable to foretell what is going to happen, distresses me deeply.
On the second night the weather seemed to foretell a storm of snow or rain, and whilst lying in our beds we felt a trifling shock of an earthquake.
Then Alexandrus builds his ships at Aphrodite's suggestion, and Helenus foretells the future to him, and Aphrodite order Aeneas to sail with him, while Cassandra prophesies as to what will happen afterwards.
The incident of the serpent and the sparrows (2) takes place before them, and Calchas foretells what is going to befall.
The findings indicate that physicians who care for these patients should monitor them regularly for signs of bone thinning, which could foretell a risk for fractures.
foretell is used when the future is revealed especially by extraordinary powers.
Two research institutes in Japan have jointly developed technology to foretell areas which might be hit by strong winds an hour ahead of time by using a radar observation network in the Tokyo metropolitan area, researchers said Monday.
No one can foretell the future, but we can be guided by our knowledge of the past.