betoken

Exam frequency

GRE

medium

Banks

medium

Civil Services

medium

Meaning(s)

be a sign of something

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betoken - indicate

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‘Betoken’ is a formal word used to express the idea of symbolizing or signifying something. It was originally used solely in a negative context in relation to an ominous or foreboding warning of a future event. While it can still be applied in such a way, the word is now more commonly encountered in a professional context as an indication of something, whether good or bad.

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Synonyms
Antonyms insignificant,meaningless,nonsensical

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  1. I want you to examine the accounts thoroughly to look for discrepancies that may betoken fraud.

  2. We hope that after a difficult few years, our latest figures betoken a return to sustained profitability for the company.

  3. Those dark clouds betoken rain. I’d avoid walking into town until they have passed, if I were you.

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