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portend

Line breaks: por|tend
Pronunciation: /pɔːˈtɛnd
 
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Definition of portend in English:

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
be a sign of, be a warning of, warn of, be an omen of, be an indication of, be a harbinger of;

Origin

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

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