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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Harbinger \Har"bin*ger\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Harbingered} (h[add]r"b[i^]n*j[~e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Harbingering}.] To usher in; to be a harbinger of. "Thus did the star of religious freedom harbinger the day." --Bancroft.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Harbinger \Har"bin*ger\ (h[add]r"b[i^]n*j[~e]r), noun [OE. herbergeour, OF. herbergeor one who provides lodging, fr. herbergier to provide lodging, F. h['e]berger, OF. herberge lodging, inn, F. auberge; of German origin. See {Harbor}.]

1. One who provides lodgings; especially, the officer of the English royal household who formerly preceded the court when traveling, to provide and prepare lodgings. --Fuller.

2. A forerunner; a precursor; a messenger.

I knew by these harbingers who were coming. --Landor.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

harbinger

noun

1: something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone [syn: {harbinger}, {forerunner}, {predecessor}, {herald}, {precursor}]

verb

1: foreshadow or presage [syn: {announce}, {annunciate}, {harbinger}, {foretell}, {herald}]


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