portend

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v portend indicate by signs "These signs bode bad news"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Portend To indicate (events, misfortunes, etc.) as in future; to foreshow; to foretoken; to bode; -- now used esp. of unpropitious signs. "Many signs portended a dark and stormy day."
    • Portend To stretch out before. "Doomed to feel the great Idomeneus' portended steel."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • portend To stretch forth; protend.
    • portend To betoken; presage; signify in advance; foreshow.
    • portend Synonyms To forebode, augur, presage, threaten, foreshadow. See omen.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Portend por-tend′ to indicate the future by signs: to betoken: presage
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. portendre, portentum, to foretell, to predict, to impend, from an old preposition used in comp. + tendere, to stretch. See Position Tend
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. portendĕre, portentumpro, forth, tendĕre, to stretch.

Usage

In literature:

It seemed to portend something inconceivable.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
The criticisms it has of late evoked portend its end.
"Direct Legislation by the Citizenship through the Initiative and Referendum" by James W. Sullivan
And I was glad of it, reckless still as to what it might portend.
"Gordon Craig" by Randall Parrish
Everything portended a severe gale.
"With Wolfe in Canada" by G. A. Henty
Of its portend they knew nothing.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of 12)"
And Milcho, awaking, meditated with himself on his couch what prodigy might this remote vision portend.
"The Most Ancient Lives of Saint Patrick" by Various
It portended to me nothing less than the loss of my asylum, and condemnation to an hospital.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
It portended too much wine and too little heed.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 4 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
And we are hopeful; for the "signs of the times" portend the coming of better things.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
Now came a time of storms that seemed to him to portend a change in the seasons.
"The Sun Of Quebec" by Joseph A. Altsheler
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In poetry:

Ye county comets, that portend
No war nor prince's funeral,
Shining unto no higher end
Than to presage the grass's fall;
"The Mower To The Glow-Worms" by Andrew Marvell
No black omens on his eyes,
Sinistre--God-sent, darkly broke;
Nor from ruddy earth nor skies,
Portends to him mutely spoke.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
These were but outward signs I saw,
Portending danger, strife, and fear,
Yet still I knew by Nature's law,
Beyond the clouds, 'twas clear.
"On Brooklyn Bridge" by Jared Barhite
But he is interrupted by his servant who enters
running, and announces the portendous news.
The war with the Romans has begun.
The bulk of our army has crossed the borders.
"Darius" by Constantine P Cavafy
Yet hope ITSELF a brightness throws
O'er all our labours and our woes;
While dark foreboding Care
A thousand ills will oft portend,
That Providence may ne'er intend
The trembling heart to bear.
"Views Of Life" by Anne Bronte
Boy tired! Alas for nursing Love,
That sleepless toiled and watched and strove,
For dire disease portends.
Alas for Science and its skill
Opposed to his unpitying will
This mortal span that rends.
"Wentworth Alexander," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney

In news:

Did Tesei's speech portend tax increases.
Their rise as a business model is a trend, experts say, that portends benefits for clients and employees alike.
(Copyrightchrisadamo.com)If establishment Republicans have their way, the history of 1995 and 1996 will repeat itself, which portends that despite their enormous mid-term gains, Barack Obama will be reelected in 2012.
Washington asparagus growers see a labor shortage that has cost them portions of their crops — and portends a worrisome cherry harvest.
Domestic spying portends surveillance society.
But the utility industry as a whole appears better informed of cyber risks to grids and substations, likely portending more cyber security deployments in the next one to two years.
Elections portend sweeping Legislative change for higher education .
Rising Sentiment, Higher Planned Spending Portends a Busy Holiday Season for Americans and Retailers.
And that portends major changes going forward in the world of PCs.
Does the Picayune 's Fate Portend the Future of Dailies.
Johnnie To's latest opens as Chinese police arrive at a crime scene, portending his usual slice of bloody action.
Interviews with union leaders, teachers and parents about the strike and what it could portend.
Election Portends Status Quo .
Elections Portend Sweeping Legislative Change For Higher Education.
If Taylor Swift 's recent split from Conor Kennedy portends anything, it's another hit.
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