- to indicate; signify
- to portend; augur
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
be•to•ken /bɪˈtoʊkən/USA pronunciation v. [~ + object]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to be a sign of;
indicate:Her deep frown betokened her feelings of sadness.
be•to•ken (bi tō′kən),USA pronunciation v.t.
- to give evidence of;
indicate:to betoken one's fidelity with a vow; a kiss that betokens one's affection.
- to be or give a token or sign of;
portend:a thunderclap that betokens foul weather; an angry word that betokens hostility.
- Middle English bitocnen, bitacnen. See be-, token 1125–75
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betoken /bɪˈtəʊkən/ vb (transitive)
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