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herald

1 verb
     
her‧ald1 [transitive]
1 to be a sign of something that is going to come or happen soon:
A flash of lightning heralded torrential rain.
Flashing blue lights heralded the arrival of the police.
2 to say publicly that someone or something will be good or important
be heralded as something
When it opened, the hospital was heralded as a new way forward in nursing care.

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