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foreshadow as an omen; signify; foretell; forecast; forebode: The skies portend a possible hurricane.
Not to be confused with:
pretend – make believe; deceive; feign: pretend surprise; simulate, fake, sham, counterfeit; assume: pretend a title
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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.
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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]
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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]
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Past participle: portended
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|Verb||1.||portend - indicate by signs; "These signs bode bad news"|
augur, auspicate, bode, foreshadow, omen, 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
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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.
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