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Meaning of PORTEND

Pronunciation:  powr'tend

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  indicate by signs; "These signs bode bad news"

PORTEND is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: augur, auspicate, betoken, bode, forecast, foreshadow, foretell, omen, predict, prefigure, presage, prognosticate
 See Also: bespeak, foreshow, indicate, point, signal, threaten



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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, misfortunes, etc.) as in future; to
   foreshow; to foretoken; to bode; -- now used esp. of
   unpropitious signs. --Bacon.

         Many signs portended a dark and stormy day.

2. To stretch out before. [R.] ``Doomed to feel the great
   Idomeneus' portended steel.'' --Pope.

Syn: To foreshow; foretoken; betoken; forebode; augur;
     presage; foreshadow; threaten.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: 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, preapprehend, precaution, predict, premonish, prenotify, presage, prewarn, prognosticate, promise, prophesy, tell in advance, threaten, vaticinate, warn