follow Dictionary.com

Get the details behind our redesign

foreshadow

[fawr-shad-oh, fohr-] /fɔrˈʃæd oʊ, foʊr-/
verb (used with object)
1.
to show or indicate beforehand; prefigure:
Political upheavals foreshadowed war.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; fore- + shadow
Related forms
foreshadower, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for foreshadow
  • 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.
  • It not only wasn't necessary, it would have been wrong to foreshadow an outcome when there isn't one to foreshadow yet.
  • If there was a foreshadow of his career, it was late in appearing.
  • Therefore, they may foreshadow subsequent price changes for business and consumers.
  • Therefore, they may foreshadow subsequent price changes for businesses and consumers.
  • In his remarks, he again used the past to foreshadow the future of the nation.
British Dictionary definitions for foreshadow

foreshadow

/fɔːˈʃædəʊ/
verb
1.
(transitive) to show, indicate, or suggest in advance; presage
Derived Forms
foreshadower, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for foreshadow
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for foreshadow

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for foreshadow

20
19
Scrabble Words With Friends