foreshadow

[fawr-shad-oh, fohr-]
verb (used with object)
to show or indicate beforehand; prefigure: Political upheavals foreshadowed war.

Origin:
1570–80; fore- + shadow

foreshadower, noun
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foreshadow (fɔːˈʃædəʊ)
 
vb
(tr) to show, indicate, or suggest in advance; presage
 
fore'shadower
 
n

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foreshadow
1570s, from fore + shadow; the notion is of a shadow thrown before an advancing material object as an image of something suggestive of what is to come. Related: Foreshadowed; foreshadowing.
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Example sentences
If the species is allowed to vanish, scientists believe it will foreshadow the
  extinction of a host of other marine species.
Sometimes goodwill, especially when it's excessive, can foreshadow problems
  down the road.
Often, financial sector layoffs foreshadow broader layoffs in the economy, for
  reasons explained here.
For, clotted as the poem was, it seemed uncannily to foreshadow his own
  visionary flight and fall.
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