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From Middle English foretellen, equivalent to fore- +‎ tell.

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foretell (third-person singular simple present foretells, present participle foretelling, simple past and past participle foretold)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To predict; to tell (the future) before it occurs; to prophesy.
    • Alexander Pope
      Deeds then undone my faithful tongue foretold.
    • C. Middleton
      Prodigies, foretelling the future eminence and lustre of his character.
  2. (transitive) To tell (a person) of the future.
    • 1739, Edward Button, Rudiments of Ancient History
      [] there came to him a Person named Saul, whom Samuel had never before seen; but God made him know it was the same he had foretold him of.

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