from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To be or give a sign or portent of. See Synonyms at indicate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Signify by some visible object; show by signs or tokens.
- v. Foreshow by present signs; indicate something future by that which is seen or known.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To signify by some visible object; to show by signs or tokens.
- transitive v. To foreshow by present signs; to indicate something future by that which is seen or known.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To signify; mean; denote in words.
- To be a token of; be a visible sign of; give promise of.
- To foreshow by signs; be or furnish a premonition of; indicate the probability of: as, this fact betokens a good result.
- To give evidence of; show.
- Synonyms To signify; presage, portend, augur, bode.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. indicate by signs
- v. be a signal for or a symptom of
Middle English bitoknen : bi-, be- + toknen, to signify (from Old English tācnian; see deik- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English bitoknen, bitacnen, from Old English betācnian ("to betoken, signify, designate"), equivalent to be- + token. Cognate with Dutch betekenen ("to mean, signify"), German bezeichnen ("to call, designate"), Swedish beteckna ("to represent, designate, indicate"). (Wiktionary)