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forerunner

noun [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.
Translations of “forerunner”
in Spanish precursor…
in French précurseur…
in German der Vorläufer…
in Chinese (Traditional) 先驅,先行者, 預兆,前兆…
in Russian предшественник…
in Turkish öncü, ilk, az gelişmiş modeli…
in Chinese (Simplified) 先驱,先行者, 预兆,前兆…
in Polish prekursor/ka…
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