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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English bitoknen, bitacnen, from Old English betācnian (to betoken, signify, designate). Equivalent to be- +‎ token. Cognate with Dutch betekenen (to mean, signify), German bezeichnen (to call, designate), Swedish beteckna (to represent, designate, indicate).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /bɪˈtoʊ.kən/
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  • Rhymes: -əʊkən

VerbEdit

betoken (third-person singular simple present betokens, present participle betokening, simple past and past participle betokened)

  1. (transitive) To signify by some visible object; show by signs or tokens.
  2. (transitive) To foreshow by present signs; indicate something future by that which is seen or known.

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