Foreshow by present signs; indicate something future by that which is seen or known.
Origin of betoken
Middle English bitoknenbi-be-toknento signify (from Old English tācniandeik- in Indo-European roots)
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Middle English bitoknen, bitacnen, from Old English betācnian (“to betoken, signify, designate”), equivalent to be- + token. Cognate with Dutchbetekenen (“to mean, signify”), Germanbezeichnen (“to call, designate”), Swedishbeteckna (“to represent, designate, indicate”).
Betoken Sentence Examples
The eyes, slightly cast down, betoken an attitude of thoughtfulness; the forehead is clear and open; the mouth indicates firmness and resolution.
The glare of these seemed to the allies to betoken the familiar device of lighting fires previous to a retreat, and thus confirmed them in the impression which Napoleon's calculated timidity had given.