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1 be a signal for or a symptom of; "These symptoms indicate a serious illness"; "Her behavior points to a severe neurosis"; "The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued" [syn: bespeak, indicate, point, signal]
2 indicate by signs; "These signs bode bad news" [syn: bode, portend, auspicate, prognosticate, omen, presage, foreshadow, augur, foretell, prefigure, forecast, predict]

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  1. To signify by some visible object; to show by signs or tokens.
  2. To foreshow by present signs; to indicate something future by that which is seen or known.
    The dark cloud will betoken a storm.


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