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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of portend.

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  • So why are we to assume that winning a title portends a much more glorious run?

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  • The death it portends is quickly realised as Moss, moving on (following the dog, or the trail of antelope blood, or both?), finds himself on another ridge first looking down on then descending into carnage -- pick-up trucks riddled with bullet-holes, a dozen or so dead bodies scattered, including that of a dog identical to the one we've just seen except that it's brown instead of black.

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  • West Coast greats including Barney Kessel and Bud Shank are also on hand to lend the session an even lighter, sweeter tone that couches the melancholy the album's title portends -- songs like "The Thrill Is Gone" and "When Sunny Gets Blue" capture O'Day at her most affecting, balancing her trademark sophistication with the world-weary resignation of one who has loved and lost.

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  • The Golden Hall is decorated, as its name portends, with gilded devices on the wall, with stately golden pilasters and formal green-painted trees, whose branches meander quaintly over one entire wall of the room, that wall unbroken by the windows.

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  • It was an autumn day without sunshine—such as portends a change of weather.

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  • When the dean's family had been at Anfield about a month -- one misty morning, such as portends a sultry day, as Henry was walking swiftly through a thick wood, on the skirts of the parish, he suddenly started on hearing a distant groan, expressive, as he thought, both of bodily and mental pain.

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  • Even more unfortunately, she doesn't bother to bring poetry within the purview of criticism, which might have forced her to identify those elements of the critic's task that take criticism beyond taxonomy ( "how novels are connected"), which is an important but by no means sufficient activity, and beyond noting what an era's fiction "portends," how it "colors" its time and place, which seems to me to be the job of sociologists and historians, not literary critics engaged in what I take to be their most indispensable work: reading individual novels (and poems) carefully and insightfully, giving other readers a sense of what a particularly dedicated reader experienced while attending closely to the text.

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  • -- after California and New York -- "portends" a shake up of health care politics in the predominantly non-union Lone Star state.

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  • On the other hand, the first experience where you couldn't get one because you weren't in the right category kind of portends to the future, but hopefully not. "

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  • “Class segregation and the spatial concentration of poverty at historically high levels,” concluded demographer Douglas Massey and his colleagues, “when juxtaposed with the growing concentration of affluence at all geographic levels, portends a divided society that runs counter to the egalitarian ideology of the United States and its historical commitment to equality.”

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