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[fawr-shad-oh, fohr-] /fɔrˈʃæd oʊ, foʊr-/
verb (used with object)
to show or indicate beforehand; prefigure:
Political upheavals foreshadowed war.
1570-80; fore- + shadow
Related forms
foreshadower, noun Unabridged
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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


(transitive) to show, indicate, or suggest in advance; presage
Derived Forms
foreshadower, noun
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Word Origin and History for 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
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