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fore·run·ner

forerunner

 
pronunciation:
for ruh nr
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a person or thing that came before another; ancestor; predecessor.
The new governor is smarter than her forerunner.The phonograph was a forerunner of the CD player.
 
similar words:
antecedent, forefather
definition 2: something that signals or gives notice of what is to come; omen.
Dark clouds and high winds are often forerunners of a storm.
synonyms:
omen, sign
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