verb (used with object)
to give evidence of; indicate: to betoken one's fidelity with a vow; a kiss that betokens one's affection.
to be or give a token or sign of; portend: a thunderclap that betokens foul weather; an angry word that betokens hostility.

1125–75; Middle English bitocnen, bitacnen. See be-, token Unabridged
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betoken (bɪˈtəʊkən)
1.  to indicate; signify: black clothes betoken mourning
2.  to portend; augur

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Word Origin & History

late 12c., from be- + O.E. tacnian "to signify," from tacn "sign" (see token).
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Example sentences
But it also betokened a sense of crisis about manners that marked the early years of this century.
The features were quite natural, but betokened much suffering.
Of a sudden, the sharp reports of our cavalry carbineers, betokened something to do.
At the hour when ghosts walk, the rhythmic walk of a soldier betokened the fact that some one was coming up the steps.
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