Portend meaning

pôr-tĕnd'
To indicate by prediction; forecast.

Leading economic indicators that portend a recession.

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To serve as an omen or a warning of; presage.

Black clouds that portend a storm.

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To serve as a warning or omen.
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Portend is defined as to be a warning or signal of.

When rain clouds warn of rain, this is an example of a time when the clouds portend rain.

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To be an omen or warning of; foreshadow; presage.
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To be an indication of; signify.
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Let it be known that the Rapture portends the End of Days.

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Origin of portend

  • Middle English portenden from Latin portendere ten- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From the Latin portendere (“to foretell"), from por- (“forward") + tendere (“to stretch"), present active infinitive of tendo.
    From Wiktionary