transitive verb (foreran; -run; -running) Date: before 12th century 1. to run before 2. to come before as a token of something to follow 3. forestall, anticipate

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Forerun — Fore*run , v. t. 1. To turn before; to precede; to be in advance of (something following). [1913 Webster] 2. To come before as an earnest of something to follow; to introduce as a harbinger; to announce. [1913 Webster] These signs forerun the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • forerun — [fôr′run′] vt. foreran, forerun, forerunning Now Rare 1. to run before; go before; precede 2. to be the precursor of; be a prediction or sign of (a thing to follow); foreshadow 3. to forestall …   English World dictionary

  • forerun — index antecede, herald, precede Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • forerun — /fawr run , fohr /, v.t., foreran, forerun, forerunning. 1. to run in front of; come before; precede. 2. to be the precursor or harbinger of; prefigure. 3. to anticipate or foretell. 4. to forestall. 5. to outrun or outstrip. [1505 15; FORE +… …   Universalium

  • forerun — verb (foreruns, forerunning, foreran; past participle forerun) literary go before or indicate the coming of …   English new terms dictionary

  • forerun — /fɔˈrʌn/ (say faw run) verb (t) (foreran, forerun, forerunning) 1. to run in front of; precede; be the precursor of. 2. to anticipate or forestall. 3. Obsolete to outrun or outstrip …   Australian English dictionary

  • forerun — verb a) to run in front b) to forecast or foreshadow …   Wiktionary

  • forerun — Synonyms and related words: announce, antecede, antedate, anticipate, be before, be early, blaze the trail, break the trail, come before, foreglimpse, foresee, foreshow, forestall, foretaste, get ahead of, give notice, go before, go off half… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • forerun — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To give an indication of something in advance: adumbrate, augur, bode, forecast, foreshadow, foretell, foretoken, portend, prefigure, presage, prognosticate. See FORESIGHT, SHOW …   English dictionary for students

  • forerun — v. come before; run ahead of; forecast, foreshadow, predict …   English contemporary dictionary

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