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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
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.
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]
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]
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