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Saturday, October 05, 2002

Definitions for portend

  1. To indicate (events, misfortunes, etc.) as in future; to foreshadow; to bode.

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Citations for portend
Although no humans were there to witness the giant comet of 65 million years ago, in this case it really did portend disaster. Walter Alvarez, T. Rex and the Crater of Doom
With mortal crisis doth portend
My days to appropinque an end.
Samuel Butler,
Origin of portend
late Middle English
Portend comes from Latin portendere, to indicate, to predict, from por- (variant of pro-), before + tendere, to stretch out, to spread. Thus that which portends is that which stretches out before us into the future.