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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To indicate the likelihood of; portend: harsh words that foreboded estrangement.
  • transitive v. To have a premonition of (a future misfortune).
  • intransitive v. To prophesy or predict.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To predict a future event; to hint at something that will happen (especially as a literary device).
  • n. prognostication; presage

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To foretell.
  • transitive v. To be prescient of (some ill or misfortune); to have an inward conviction of, as of a calamity which is about to happen; to augur despondingly.
  • intransitive v. To foretell; to presage; to augur.
  • n. Prognostication; presage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bode or announce beforehand; prognosticate; presage, especially something unfortunate or undesirable: as, the public temper forebodes war; the clouds forebode rain.
  • To foresee; be prescient of; feel a secret premonition of, especially of something evil.
  • Synonyms Predict, Presage, etc. (see foretell); to augur, portend, betoken, foreshadow, be ominous of.
  • To prophesy; presage.
  • n. Presage; prognostication.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make a prediction about; tell in advance

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