What does portend mean?

Definitions for portendpɔrˈtɛnd, poʊr-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word portend.

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Portend

    por-tend′, v.t. to indicate the future by signs: to betoken: presage.—n. Por′tent, that which portends or foreshows: an evil omen.—adj. Portent′ous, serving to portend: foreshadowing ill: wonderful, dreadful, prodigious.—adv. Portent′ously. [L. portendĕre, portentumpro, forth, tendĕre, to stretch.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of portend in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of portend in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Manash Goswami:

    Weaker economic numbers out of China and other emerging market countries don't portend well for the commodity complex, which is what Canada is based on.

  2. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban:

    The pressure will be intense on us and the other Visegrad Four countries (Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic), they will portend that once the agreement is made by certain parties - and to avoid diplomatic complications I will not tell you which country Berlin is in - we should not only bring these people to Europe but divide them amongst ourselves, as an obligation.

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Translations for portend

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • ankündigen, vorbedeuten, hindeuten, deuten, bedeuten, vorhersagen, hinweisenGerman
  • προαναγγέλω, προμηνύωGreek
  • significar, presagiarSpanish
  • merkitä, tietääFinnish
  • annoncer, présagerFrench
  • կանխագուշակել, [[նախանշան]] [[լինել]], նախագուշակել, գուշակելArmenian
  • aankondigenDutch
  • предзнаменовывать, предвещать, предзнаменоватьRussian
  • işâret olmak, belirtmek, delâlet etmek, haber vermek, alâmet olmakTurkish

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