Definition of portend in English:

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portend

Pronunciation: /pôrˈtend/

verb

[with object]
Be a sign or warning that (something, especially something momentous or calamitous) is likely to happen: the eclipses portend some major events
More example sentences
  • In this issue, our cover story looks at CEOs in danger - and the warning signs that portend trouble.
  • But perhaps the dreadful birth defects and mutated plants are not evidence at all, but signs and wonders portending some great event.
  • Asian markets had come under heavy selling on Monday as investors portended a calamitous fall in the U.S. markets when they reopened after a four-day suspension.
Synonyms
presage, augur, foreshadow, foretell, prophesy;
be a sign, warn, be an omen, indicate, herald, signal, bode, promise, threaten, signify, spell, denote
literary betoken, foretoken, forebode

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin portendere, based on pro- 'forth' + tendere 'stretch'.

Words that rhyme with portend

amend, append, apprehend, ascend, attend, befriend, bend, blend, blende, commend, comprehend, condescend, contend, defriend, depend, emend, end, expend, extend, fend, forfend, friend, impend, interdepend, lend, mend, misapprehend, misspend, offend, on-trend, Oostende, Ostend, perpend, rend, reprehend, scrag-end, send, spend, subtend, suspend, tail end, tend, transcend, trend, underspend, unfriend, upend, vend, weekend, wend

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Syllabification: por·tend

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