Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

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