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herald

verb [T] uk   /ˈher.əld/ formal us  
to be a sign that something important, and often good, is starting to happen, or to make something publicly known, especially by celebrating or praising it: The president's speech heralds a new era in foreign policy. This drug has been heralded as a major breakthrough in the fight against breast cancer.

herald

noun [C] uk   /ˈher.əld/ us  
formal a sign that something will happen, change, etc.: If this first opera of the season is a herald (= sign) of what is to come, we can expect great things. in the past, a person who carried important messages and made announcements
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