American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To serve as an omen or a warning of; presage: black clouds that portend a storm.
- v. To indicate by prediction; forecast: leading economic indicators that portend a recession.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To stretch forth; protend.
- To betoken; presage; signify in advance; foreshow.
- Synonyms To forebode, augur, presage, threaten, foreshadow. See omen.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To indicate (events, misfortunes, etc.) as in future; to foreshow; to foretoken; to bode; -- now used esp. of unpropitious signs.
- v. rare To stretch out before.
- v. indicate by signs
- From the Latin portendere ("to foretell"), from por- ("forward") + tendere ("to stretch"), present active infinitive of tendo. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English portenden, from Latin portendere; see ten- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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