how to pronounce forerunner


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forerunner is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of forerunner in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… Bristol Corporation the forerunner of …”

meanings of forerunner


  1. A forebear, an ancestor, a predecessor.
  2. A precursor or harbinger, a warning ahead.
  3. By extension, a non-competitor who leads out the competitors on to the circuit, or who runs/rides the course prior to competitor trials, usually testing or checking the way.
  4. A postage stamp used in the time before a region or area issues stamps of its own.
  5. A runner at the front or ahead.

forerunner frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word forerunner occurs in english on average 1.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics forerunner can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that forerunner can be often used in the following areas:

1) people, society, and culture;

2) transport and travel;

words with pronunciation similar to forerunner


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