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From the Latin portendere (“to foretell"), from por- (“forward") + tendere (“to stretch"), present active infinitive of tendo.
Middle English portenden from Latin portendere ten- in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Having a black cat pass your path is said to portend bad luck.
The dark puffy clouds in the distance portend a thunder storm in our future.
It would be a mistake to assume that they all portend disaster.
Many believe that the recent eclipses portend some disaster or another ahead.
I'm hoping that my terrible grades in school right now do not portend my later success in life.
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