from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To serve as an omen or a warning of; presage: black clouds that portend a storm.
- transitive v. To indicate by prediction; forecast: leading economic indicators that portend a recession.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to serve as a warning or omen
- v. to signify; to denote
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To indicate (events, misfortunes, etc.) as in future; to foreshow; to foretoken; to bode; -- now used esp. of unpropitious signs.
- transitive v. To stretch out before.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To stretch forth; protend.
- To betoken; presage; signify in advance; foreshow.
- Synonyms To forebode, augur, presage, threaten, foreshadow. See omen.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. indicate by signs
Middle English portenden, from Latin portendere; see ten- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin portendere ("to foretell"), from por- ("forward") + tendere ("to stretch"), present active infinitive of tendo. (Wiktionary)