Definitions for portendpɔrˈtɛnd, poʊr-
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word portend
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to indicate in advance, as an omen does; foreshadow or presage.
to signify; mean.
Origin of portend:
1400–50; < L portendere=por- forth, forward + tendere to stretch
bode, portend, auspicate, prognosticate, omen, presage, betoken, foreshadow, augur, foretell, prefigure, forecast, predict(verb)
indicate by signs
"These signs bode bad news"
to serve as a warning or omen
A kingdom they portend thee, but what kingdom, / Real or allegoric, I discern not; Nor when: eternal sure--as without end, - John Milton, Paradise Lost
to signify; to denote
Let it be known that the Rapture portends the End of Days.
Origin: From the portendere, from por- + tendere, present active infinitive of tendo.
to indicate (events, misfortunes, etc.) as in future; to foreshow; to foretoken; to bode; -- now used esp. of unpropitious signs
to stretch out before
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