from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Past tense of forerun.

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  • v. Simple past of forerun.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. of forerun.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Preterit of forerun.


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  • With new emotion and fresh distress Cecilia perceived this change; what he might have to say she could not conjecture, but all that foreran his communication convinced her it was nothing she could wish; and much as she had desired some explanation of his designs, when the long-expected moment seemed arriving, prognostications the most cruel of the event, repressed her impatience, and deadened her curiosity.


  • He foreran the societies which insure against accident, and would guarantee whole bones for a year or a lifetime, according to the insurer's purse or fancy.

    Julia And Her Romeo: A Chronicle Of Castle Barfield From "Schwartz" by David Christie Murray

  • The man is typically the Western pioneer, as every resident of the Pacific Coast has known him-a patriarchal figure who foreran civilization here in the West of America as he has in all other new lands.

    An Art-Lovers Guide to the Exposition

  • Ben, his lips twitching, and in his eyes that haunting fear which always foreran the father's struggles.

    The Seventh Noon

  • When the wind backed around into the northeast, as it had on this occasion, it foreran a gale of more than usual power and of more than twenty-four hours 'duration.

    Cap'n Abe, Storekeeper

  • Many forerunners (if it comes to that) would have felt rather ill if they had seen the things they foreran.

    Gilbert Keith Chesterton

  • Discontent foreran the Two Mutinies, and more or less it lurkingly survived them.

    Billy Budd

  • An hour of this passed, when the vibrations of feet in contact with the ground foreran the one who approached.

    The Mad God

  • At the very last of his life, while he was at work on his "Spectatorus," which foreran the American idea of a Hippodrome, and which might have, in years to come, happily housed his son Percy's "Caliban," he was at the same time attempting to combine with it an educational aspect which would lift it above the mere spectacular.

    Representative Plays by American Dramatists: 1856-1911: Paul Kauvar; or, Anarchy

  • That the telegram foreran a more explicit statement there could be no doubt.

    David Malcolm


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