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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 ?
I did remark, to be sure, that mounting the stairs made her breathe very quick; that the least sudden noise set her all in a quiver, and that she coughed troublesomely sometimes: but I knew nothing of what these symptoms portended, and had no impulse to sympathise with her.
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?
Her absence, however, portended some danger, and he feared that it was connected with Will Stutely.