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foreshadow (verb) indicate in advance.
When an occurrence indicates in advance what is going to happen, the incident foreshadows such a happening. A sign of something that is to happen foreshadows the happening. For example, the Industrial Revolution of the 18th century foreshadowed the reduction of manual labor and urbanization. That is, the arrival of machines indicated clearly that they would replace manual labor and that there would be a large-scale migration from the rural to the urban areas. The invention of the computer foreshadowed automation of even domestic chores. That is, the arrival of the computer indicated that automation would be possible even in household work.
- The arrival of the TV foreshadowed the decline of the cinema and it did come true. The TV did turn away entertainment seekers away from the theatres to home entertainment, resulting in the closure of studios and theatres.
- The American Civil War foreshadowed the gradual end of segregation and the beginning of total integration in the US though it took a long time to become a reality.