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herald — as in:  heralds the coming of...

Her appointment would herald a new emphasis on the environment.
a sign that something will happen — especially something important and good


announce or welcome — especially with enthusiasm
herald — as in:  announced by herald & trumpet

The king’s herald announced it this morning.
a person who announces important news — especially a king’s representative

More rarely, herald can also refer to an official whose specialty is heraldry (the study of coats of arms — symbols once used to signify the right to bear arms).

Historically a herald was a person who made announcements at jousting matches, or (much more rarely) any prestigious assistant in a dignified setting such as a courthouse or royal palace.
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