EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

pre- +‎ tell

VerbEdit

pretell (third-person singular simple present pretells, present participle pretelling, simple past and past participle pretold)

  1. To predict.
    • 1983, David A. White, The Grand Continuum: Reflections on Joyce and Metaphysics:
      The Roman historian Tacitus does not simply tell what has happened in a past long past so that it will be preserved for the present and into an endless future; rather, he pretells what has happened, in effect transposing history (necessarily of the past) into prediction (necessarily of the future).