portend definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To serve as an omen or a warning of; presage: black colored clouds that portend a storm.
    • to point by prediction; forecast: leading economic signs that portend a recession.
    • to point (occasions, misfortunes, etc.) as with future; to foreshow; to foretoken; to bode; -- now used esp. of unpropitious signs.
    • To stretch out prior to.
  • verb:
    • to serve as a warning or omen
    • to signify; to denote
    • indicate by indications
  • others:
    • To stretch forth; protend.
    • To betoken; presage; symbolize ahead of time; foreshow.
    • Synonyms To forebode, augur, presage, threaten, foreshadow. See omen.

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