What does betoken mean?

betoken meaning in General Dictionary

To signify by some noticeable item to show by indications or tokens

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  • be a signal for or an indicator of
  • indicate, as with a sign or an omen
  • To symbolize by some visible object; to exhibit by signs or tokens.
  • To foreshow by present indications; to point some thing future by whatever sometimes appears or known; as, a dark cloud usually betokens a storm.

betoken meaning in Etymology Dictionary

late 12c., from be- + Old English tacnian "to symbolize," from tacn "indication" (see token). Associated: Betokened; betokening.

betoken meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To represent by some visible item; showing by indications or tokens.

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  • (v. t.) To foreshow by current signs; to point some thing future by what is seen or understood; as, a dark cloud often betokens a storm.

Sentence Examples with the word betoken

Seemed to the wearied English to betoken the advance of a great reserve, and in a few minutes the whole English army broke and fled in disorder down the slope.

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