Definition of portend in English:

portend

Syllabification: por·tend
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
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    • 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'.

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