from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of a group of ancient Roman religious officials who foretold events by observing and interpreting signs and omens.
- n. A seer or prophet; a soothsayer.
- transitive v. To predict, especially from signs or omens; foretell. See Synonyms at foretell.
- transitive v. To serve as an omen of; betoken: trends that augur change in society.
- intransitive v. To make predictions from signs or omens.
- intransitive v. To be a sign or omen: A smooth dress rehearsal augured well for the play.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A diviner who foretells events by the behaviour of birds or other animals, or by signs derived from celestial phenomena, or unusual occurrences.
- n. An official who interpreted omens before the start of public events.
- v. To foretell events; to exhibit signs of future events.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An official diviner who foretold events by the singing, chattering, flight, and feeding of birds, or by signs or omens derived from celestial phenomena, certain appearances of quadrupeds, or unusual occurrences.
- n. One who foretells events by omens; a soothsayer; a diviner; a prophet.
- intransitive v. To conjecture from signs or omens; to prognosticate; to foreshow.
- intransitive v. To anticipate, to foretell, or to indicate a favorable or an unfavorable issue.
- transitive v. To predict or foretell, as from signs or omens; to betoken; to presage; to infer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Among the ancient Romans, a functionary whose duty it was to observe and to interpret, according to traditional rules, the auspices, or reputed natural signs concerning future events.
- n. Hence One who pretends to foretell future events by omens; a soothsayer; a prophet; one who bodes, forebodes, or portends.
- To prognosticate from signs, omens, or indications; predict; anticipate: with a personal subject.
- To betoken; forebode: with a non-personal or impersonal subject.
- Synonyms To portend, presage, foreshadow, be ominous of.
- To conjecture from signs or omens.
- To be a sign; bode: with well or ill.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. predict from an omen
- n. (ancient Rome) a religious official who interpreted omens to guide public policy
- v. indicate by signs
Middle English, from Latin; see aug- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin augur, of uncertain origin; akin to augurō ("interpret omens"). (Wiktionary)