Meaning of “forerunner” in the English Dictionary

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"forerunner" in British English

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forerunnernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfɔːˌrʌn.ər/ us /ˈfɔːrˌrʌn.ɚ/

something or someone that acts as an early and less advanced model for what will appear in the future, or a warning or sign of what is to follow:

Germany's Green party was said to be the forerunner of environmental parties throughout Europe.
The drop in share prices in March was a forerunner of the financial crash that followed in June.

(Definition of “forerunner” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"forerunner" in American English

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forerunnernoun [ C ]

us /ˈfɔrˌrʌn·ər, ˈfoʊr-/

an early, often less advanced model of something:

His machine was a forerunner of the modern computer.

(Definition of “forerunner” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)