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be a sign of something
  • How to Memorize
    • betoken - indicate
  • Analysis

    ‘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.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Antonymsinsignificant, meaningless, nonsensical,
  • Example(s)
    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.