- to indicate in advance; to foreshadow or presage, as an omen does: The street incident may portend a general uprising.
- to signify; mean.
Origin of portend
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1. foretell, forecast, augur, promise, forebode.
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Examples from the Web for portending
The air was close, portending the storm that was to break later.Janet Hardy in Hollywood
Ruthe S. Wheeler
Did that first division, portending a second division, afflict him?Ulysses
But certain it is, a great change, bordering on revolution, was portending.How Marcus Whitman Saved Oregon
Oliver W. Nixon
It was a summer sunset, portending for the land a morrow of great heat.The Lady of the Aroostook
William Dean Howells
What's this fairy story about a portending lynching that Barton's been stuffing me with?The Song of the Wolf
- to give warning of; predict or foreshadow
- obsolete to indicate or signify; mean
C15: from Latin portendere to indicate, foretell; related to prōtendere to stretch out
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Word Origin and History for portending
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