I verb adumbrate, announce, augur, augurate, auspicate, be an omen, be harbinger, betoken, bode, caution, divine, forebode, forecast, foreshadow, foreshow, foretell, foretoken, forewarn, give token, herald, indicate, indicate beforehand, menace, notify, omen, ominate, portendere, precurse, predict, prefigurate, prefigure, preindicate, premonish, premonstrate, presage, preshow, presignify, prognosticate, prophesy, put on guard, show promise, significare, signify, threaten, vaticinate, warn II index anticipate (prognosticate), forewarn, indicate, predict, presage, prognosticate, promise (raise expectations), threaten

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  • Portend — Por*tend , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Portended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Portending}.] [L. portendre, portentum, to foretell, to predict, to impend, from an old preposition used in comp. + tendere to stretch. See {Position}, {Tend}.] 1. To indicate (events,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • portend — early 15c., from L. portendere foretell, originally to stretch forward, from por (variant of pro ) forth, forward + tendere to stretch, extend (see TENET (Cf. tenet)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • portend — presage, augur, prognosticate, *foretell, predict, forecast, prophesy, forebode Analogous words: betoken, indicate, bespeak, attest: signify, import, *mean, denote …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • portend — [v] foreshadow, indicate adumbrate, augur, be in the cards*, bespeak, betoken, bode, call*, crystal ball*, forebode, forecast, foreshow, foretell, foretoken, forewarn, harbinger, have a hunch, herald, hint, omen, point to, predict, premonish,… …   New thesaurus

  • portend — ► VERB ▪ be a sign or warning that (something momentous or disastrous) is likely to happen. ORIGIN Latin portendere foretell, presage …   English terms dictionary

  • portend — [pôr tend′] vt. [ME portenden < L portendere < por , akin to per, through + tendere, to stretch: see THIN] 1. to be an omen or warning of; foreshadow; presage 2. to be an indication of; signify …   English World dictionary

  • portend — /pawr tend , pohr /, v.t. 1. to indicate in advance; to foreshadow or presage, as an omen does: The street incident may portend a general uprising. 2. to signify; mean. [1400 50; late ME < L portendere to point out, indicate, portend, var. of… …   Universalium

  • portend — UK [pɔː(r)ˈtend] / US [pɔrˈtend] verb [transitive] Word forms portend : present tense I/you/we/they portend he/she/it portends present participle portending past tense portended past participle portended literary to be a sign or warning of… …   English dictionary

  • portend — verb /pɔːˈtɛnd/ a) to serve as a warning or omen A kingdom they portend thee, but what kingdom, / Real or allegoric, I discern not; Nor when: eternal sureas without end, , Paradise Lost b) to signify; to denote Let it be known that the Rapture… …   Wiktionary

  • portend — por|tend [po:ˈtend US po:r ] v [T] literary [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: portendere to stretch forward , from tendere to stretch ] to be a sign that something is going to happen, especially something bad ▪ strange events that portend… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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