Definitions for portendpɔrˈtɛnd, poʊr-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

por•tendpɔrˈtɛnd, poʊr-(v.t.)

  1. to indicate in advance, as an omen does; foreshadow or presage.

  2. to signify; mean.

Origin of portend:

1400–50; < L portendere=por- forth, forward + tendere to stretch

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bode, portend, auspicate, prognosticate, omen, presage, betoken, foreshadow, augur, foretell, prefigure, forecast, predict(verb)

    indicate by signs

    "These signs bode bad news"


  1. portend(Verb)

    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

  2. portend(Verb)

    to signify; to denote

    Let it be known that the Rapture portends the End of Days.

  3. Origin: From the portendere, from por- + tendere, present active infinitive of tendo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Portend(verb)

    to indicate (events, misfortunes, etc.) as in future; to foreshow; to foretoken; to bode; -- now used esp. of unpropitious signs

  2. Portend(verb)

    to stretch out before

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