- The definition of foretell is to foreshadow, or to predict the future.
When a fortune teller reads your palm and tells you what your life is going to be like, this is an example of when the fortune teller foretells the future.
transitive verbfore·told , fore·tell·ing, fore·tells
(third-person singular simple present foretells, present participle foretelling, simple past and past participle foretold)
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