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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 ?
There seemed to be something back of the simple statement--an ominous and portending "something.
Which to our eyes discoverd new and strange, A triple-mounted row of Pillars laid On Wheels (for like to Pillars most they seem'd Or hollow'd bodies made of Oak or Firr With branches lopt, in Wood or Mountain fell'd) Brass, Iron, Stonie mould, had not thir mouthes With hideous orifice gap't on us wide, Portending hollow truce; at each behind A Seraph stood, and in his hand a Reed Stood waving tipt with fire; while we suspense, Collected stood within our thoughts amus'd, Not long, for sudden all at once thir Reeds Put forth, and to a narrow vent appli'd With nicest touch.
One great excellency in this tribe, is their skill at prognostics, wherein they seldom fail; their predictions in real diseases, when they rise to any degree of malignity, generally portending death, which is always in their power, when recovery is not: and therefore, upon any unexpected signs of amendment, after they have pronounced their sentence, rather than be accused as false prophets, they know how to approve their sagacity to the world, by a seasonable dose.
It was the 15th of August, about eleven o'clock at night; thick clouds, portending a tempest, overspread the heavens, and shrouded every light and prospect underneath their heavy folds.
And then there was that other--" but Turan, seeing a thousand or more years of osculatory memoirs portending, interrupted.
It was a dark summer night, shot through with infrequent shimmers of lightning silently firing a cloud lying low in the west and portending a storm.
Even though there has been some deceleration in growth the previous two months, an uptick in billings of this size is noteworthy in portending sustained construction activity in the months ahead.