portend

  • 1 Portend — Por*tend , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Portended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Portending}.] [L. portendre, portentum, to foretell, to predict, to impend, from an old preposition used in comp. + tendere to stretch. See {Position}, {Tend}.] 1. To indicate (events,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 portend — I verb adumbrate, announce, augur, augurate, auspicate, be an omen, be harbinger, betoken, bode, caution, divine, forebode, forecast, foreshadow, foreshow, foretell, foretoken, forewarn, give token, herald, indicate, indicate beforehand, menace,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 portend — early 15c., from L. portendere foretell, originally to stretch forward, from por (variant of pro ) forth, forward + tendere to stretch, extend (see TENET (Cf. tenet)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 portend — presage, augur, prognosticate, *foretell, predict, forecast, prophesy, forebode Analogous words: betoken, indicate, bespeak, attest: signify, import, *mean, denote …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 portend — [v] foreshadow, indicate adumbrate, augur, be in the cards*, bespeak, betoken, bode, call*, crystal ball*, forebode, forecast, foreshow, foretell, foretoken, forewarn, harbinger, have a hunch, herald, hint, omen, point to, predict, premonish,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 portend — ► VERB ▪ be a sign or warning that (something momentous or disastrous) is likely to happen. ORIGIN Latin portendere foretell, presage …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 portend — [pôr tend′] vt. [ME portenden < L portendere < por , akin to per, through + tendere, to stretch: see THIN] 1. to be an omen or warning of; foreshadow; presage 2. to be an indication of; signify …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 portend — /pawr tend , pohr /, v.t. 1. to indicate in advance; to foreshadow or presage, as an omen does: The street incident may portend a general uprising. 2. to signify; mean. [1400 50; late ME < L portendere to point out, indicate, portend, var. of… …

    Universalium

  • 9 portend — UK [pɔː(r)ˈtend] / US [pɔrˈtend] verb [transitive] Word forms portend : present tense I/you/we/they portend he/she/it portends present participle portending past tense portended past participle portended literary to be a sign or warning of… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 portend — verb /pɔːˈtɛnd/ a) to serve as a warning or omen A kingdom they portend thee, but what kingdom, / Real or allegoric, I discern not; Nor when: eternal sureas without end, , Paradise Lost b) to signify; to denote Let it be known that the Rapture… …

    Wiktionary

  • 11 portend — por|tend [po:ˈtend US po:r ] v [T] literary [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: portendere to stretch forward , from tendere to stretch ] to be a sign that something is going to happen, especially something bad ▪ strange events that portend… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 portend — [[t]pɔː(r)te̱nd[/t]] portends, portending, portended VERB If something portends an event or occurrence, it indicates that it is likely to happen in the future. [FORMAL] [V n] The change did not portend a basic improvement in social conditions …

    English dictionary

  • 13 portend — verb (T) literary to be a sign that something is going to happen, especially something unpleasant: strange events that portend some great disaster …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 portend — verb the sight of a dead bird was believed to portend tragedy Syn: presage, augur, foreshadow, foretell, prophesy; be a sign, warn, be an omen, indicate, herald, signal, bode, promise, threaten, signify, spell, denote; literary betoken, foreto …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 15 portend — /pɔˈtɛnd / (say paw tend) verb (t) 1. to indicate beforehand, or presage, as an omen does. 2. Obsolete to signify; mean. {Middle English, from Latin portendere point out, indicate, portend} …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 portend — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Latin portendere, from por forward (akin to per through) + tendere to stretch more at for, thin Date: 15th century 1. to give an omen or anticipatory sign of 2. indicate, signify …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 portend — Synonyms and related words: adumbrate, apprehend, augur, betoken, bode, call, croak, forebode, forecast, foreshadow, foreshow, foretoken, forewarn, give advance notice, have a premonition, have a presentiment, look black, lower, menace, omen,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 portend — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. signify, presage, augur, forebode, foreshadow, omen, foretoken, mean. See prediction, threat. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. forecast, predict, herald; see hint , warn 1 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 portend — por|tend [ pɔr tend ] verb transitive LITERARY to be a sign or warning of something that will happen …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 portend — see TEND …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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