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Portend

Portend Meaning & Definition
Portend Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Portend?

[v] indicate by signs; "These signs bode bad news"

Synonyms | Synonyms for Portend: augur | auspicate | betoken | bode | forecast | foreshadow | foretell | omen | predict | prefigure | presage | prognosticate

Related Terms | Find terms related to Portend: adumbrate | apprehend | augur | betoken | bode | call | croak | forebode | forecast | foreshadow | foreshow | foretoken | forewarn | give advance notice | have a premonition | have a presentiment | look black | lower | menace | omen | preapprehend | precaution | predict | premonish | prenotify | presage | prewarn | prognosticate | promise | prophesy | tell in advance | threaten | vaticinate | warn

See Also | bespeak | foreshow | indicate | point | signal | threaten

Portend In Webster's Dictionary

\Por*tend"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Portended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Portending}.] [L. portendre, portentum, to foretell, to predict, to impend, from an old preposition used in comp. + tendere to stretch. See {Position}, {Tend}.] 1. To indicate (events, misfortunes, etc.) as in future; to foreshow; to foretoken; to bode; -- now used esp. of unpropitious signs. --Bacon. Many signs portended a dark and stormy day. --Macaulay. 2. To stretch out before. [R.] ``Doomed to feel the great Idomeneus' portended steel.'' --Pope. Syn: To foreshow; foretoken; betoken; forebode; augur; presage; foreshadow; threaten.

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