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por·tend

 (pôr-tĕnd′)
tr.v. por·tend·ed, por·tend·ing, por·tends
1. To serve as an omen or a warning of; presage: black clouds that portend a storm.
2. To indicate by prediction; forecast: leading economic indicators that portend a recession.

[Middle English portenden, from Latin portendere; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

portend

(pɔːˈtɛnd)
vb (tr)
1. to give warning of; predict or foreshadow
2. obsolete to indicate or signify; mean
[C15: from Latin portendere to indicate, foretell; related to prōtendere to stretch out]

por•tend

(pɔrˈtɛnd, poʊr-)

v.t.
1. to indicate in advance, as an omen does; foreshadow or presage.
2. to signify; mean.
[1400–50; < Latin portendere=por- forth, forward + tendere to stretch]

portend


Past participle: portended
Gerund: portending

Imperative
portend
portend
Present
I portend
you portend
he/she/it portends
we portend
you portend
they portend
Preterite
I portended
you portended
he/she/it portended
we portended
you portended
they portended
Present Continuous
I am portending
you are portending
he/she/it is portending
we are portending
you are portending
they are portending
Present Perfect
I have portended
you have portended
he/she/it has portended
we have portended
you have portended
they have portended
Past Continuous
I was portending
you were portending
he/she/it was portending
we were portending
you were portending
they were portending
Past Perfect
I had portended
you had portended
he/she/it had portended
we had portended
you had portended
they had portended
Future
I will portend
you will portend
he/she/it will portend
we will portend
you will portend
they will portend
Future Perfect
I will have portended
you will have portended
he/she/it will have portended
we will have portended
you will have portended
they will have portended
Future Continuous
I will be portending
you will be portending
he/she/it will be portending
we will be portending
you will be portending
they will be portending
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been portending
you have been portending
he/she/it has been portending
we have been portending
you have been portending
they have been portending
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been portending
you will have been portending
he/she/it will have been portending
we will have been portending
you will have been portending
they will have been portending
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been portending
you had been portending
he/she/it had been portending
we had been portending
you had been portending
they had been portending
Conditional
I would portend
you would portend
he/she/it would portend
we would portend
you would portend
they would portend
Past Conditional
I would have portended
you would have portended
he/she/it would have portended
we would have portended
you would have portended
they would have portended
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.portend - indicate by signsportend - indicate by signs; "These signs bode bad news"
threaten - to be a menacing indication of something:"The clouds threaten rain"; "Danger threatens"
bespeak, betoken, indicate, signal, point - be a signal for or a symptom of; "These symptoms indicate a serious illness"; "Her behavior points to a severe neurosis"; "The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued"
foreshow - foretell by divine inspiration

portend

verb foretell, promise, threaten, indicate, predict, point to, herald, warn of, omen, bode, foreshadow, bespeak, augur, harbinger, presage, forewarn, betoken, prognosticate, adumbrate, foretoken, vaticinate (rare) Comets, in Western tradition, always portend doom and gloom.

portend

verb
To give an indication of something in advance:
Translations

portend

[pɔːˈtend] VT (liter) → augurar, presagiar
what does this portend?¿qué significa esto?

portend

[pɔːrˈtɛnd] vtprésager, annoncer

portend

vt (form)bedeuten, hindeuten auf (+acc); what does this portend?was hat das zu bedeuten?

portend

[pɔːˈtɛnd] vt (frm) → far presagire
References in classic literature ?
Most of them shuddered with superstitious dread of what it might portend.
What did all this portend, and what portended the swift hoisting-up of Monsieur Gabelle behind a servant on horseback, and the conveying away of the said Gabelle (double-laden though the horse was), at a gallop, like a new version of the German ballad of Leonora?
The knights heard this uncommon document read from end to end, and then gazed upon each other in silent amazement, as being utterly at a loss to know what it could portend.
He stood still, and asked himself what this circumstance might portend.
Hooper came, the first thing that their eyes rested on was the same horrible black veil, which had added deeper gloom to the funeral, and could portend nothing but evil to the wedding.
Instantly I sprang toward it to wrench it open again, for something in the uncanny movement of the thing and the tense and almost palpable silence of the chamber seemed to portend a lurking evil lying hidden in this rock-bound chamber within the bowels of the Golden Cliffs.
Almost in the center of it, above the Prechistenka Boulevard, surrounded and sprinkled on all sides by stars but distinguished from them all by its nearness to the earth, its white light, and its long uplifted tail, shone the enormous and brilliant comet of 18l2- the comet which was said to portend all kinds of woes and the end of the world.
A kingdom they portend thee, but what kingdom, Real or allegoric, I discern not; Nor when: eternal sure--as without end, Without beginning; for no date prefixed Directs me in the starry rubric set.
Seated round it were a dozen or so folk, of all ages and conditions, who set up such a shout as Alleyne entered that he stood peering at them through the smoke, uncertain what this riotous greeting might portend.
Mrs Quilp looked tremblingly in her spouse's face to know what this unusual courtesy might portend, and obedient to the summons she saw in his gesture, followed him into the next room.
The soil is becoming hilly and portends mountains not far off.
Davis figures the odds this year are for a good snow season, with support from a skiing tradition: Pine cones littering the forest floor in fall portend plentiful snow come winter.