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Definition of foretell verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

foretell

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//fɔːˈtel//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈtel//
 
(literary)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they foretell
BrE BrE//fɔːˈtel//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈtel//
 
he / she / it foretells
BrE BrE//fɔːˈtelz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈtelz//
 
past simple foretold
BrE BrE//fɔːˈtəʊld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈtoʊld//
 
past participle foretold
BrE BrE//fɔːˈtəʊld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈtoʊld//
 
-ing form foretelling
BrE BrE//fɔːˈtelɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈtelɪŋ//
 
 
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to know or say what will happen in the future, especially by using magic powers foretell something to foretell the future foretell that… The witch foretold that she would marry a prince. foretell what, when, etc… None of us can foretell what lies ahead.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: foretell