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a prophet; soothsayer; to prophesy; to be a sign: The heavy rain augurs a bountiful harvest.
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auger – a tool used to bore holes, as in ice or wood; a large tool for boring into the earth
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1. One of a group of ancient Roman religious officials who foretold events by observing and interpreting signs and omens.
2. A seer or prophet; a soothsayer.
v. au·gured, au·gur·ing, au·gurs
1. To predict, especially from signs or omens; foretell. See Synonyms at foretell.
2. To serve as an omen of; betoken: trends that augur change in society.
1. To make predictions from signs or omens.
2. To be a sign or omen: A smooth dress rehearsal augured well for the play.
au′gu·ral (ô′gyə-rəl) adj.
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1. (Historical Terms) Also called: auspex (in ancient Rome) a religious official who observed and interpreted omens and signs to help guide the making of public decisions
2. any prophet or soothsayer
3. to predict (some future event), as from signs or omens
4. (tr; may take a clause as object) to be an omen (of); presage
5. (intr) to foreshadow future events to be as specified; bode: this augurs well for us.
[C14: from Latin: a diviner, perhaps from augēre to increase]
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n., v. -gured, -gur•ing. n.
1. one of a group of ancient Roman officials charged with observing and interpreting omens for guidance in public affairs.
2. soothsayer; prophet.v.t.
3. to divine or predict, as from omens; prognosticate.
4. to serve as an omen or promise of; foreshadow; betoken.v.i.
5. to conjecture from signs or omens; predict.
6. to be a sign; bode: The movement of troops augurs ill for the peace of the area.
[1540–50; < Latin augur, derivative of augēre to augment with orig. implication of “prosper”; compare august]
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Past participle: augured
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|Noun||1.||augur - (ancient Rome) a religious official who interpreted omens to guide public policy|
capital of Italy, Eternal City, Italian capital, Rome, Roma - capital and largest city of Italy; on the Tiber; seat of the Roman Catholic Church; formerly the capital of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire
antiquity - the historic period preceding the Middle Ages in Europe
|Verb||1.||augur - indicate by signs; "These signs bode bad news"|
auspicate, bode, omen, portend, foreshadow, presage, prognosticate, predict, prefigure, betoken, forecast, foretell
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
|2.||augur - predict from an omen|
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verb bode, promise, predict, herald, signify, foreshadow, prophesy, harbinger, presage, prefigure, portend, betoken, be an omen of Already there were problems. It didn't augur well.
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1. To tell about or make known (future events) by or as if by supernatural means:
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vt → verheißen
n (= person) → Augur m
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