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

     

    herald

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈherəld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈherəld//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they herald
    BrE BrE//ˈherəld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈherəld//
     
    he / she / it heralds
    BrE BrE//ˈherəldz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈherəldz//
     
    past simple heralded
    BrE BrE//ˈherəldɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈherəldɪd//
     
    past participle heralded
    BrE BrE//ˈherəldɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈherəldɪd//
     
    -ing form heralding
    BrE BrE//ˈherəldɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈherəldɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1herald something to be a sign that something is going to happen These talks could herald a new era of peace. She felt a dull ache in her right temple, heralding a migraine. Bringing the baby home heralds the start of a very different lifestyle. Voices and footsteps outside heralded their return.
  2. 2herald somebody/something (as something) [often passive] to say in public that somebody/something is good or important The report is being heralded as a blueprint for the future of transport.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French herault (noun), herauder (verb), of Germanic origin.
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