from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- transitive verb To serve as an omen or a warning of; presage.
- transitive verb To indicate by prediction; forecast.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To stretch forth; protend.
- To betoken; presage; signify in advance; foreshow.
- Synonyms To forebode, augur, presage, threaten, foreshadow. See
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb To indicate (events, misfortunes, etc.) as in future; to foreshow; to foretoken; to bode; -- now used esp. of unpropitious signs.
- transitive verb rare To stretch out before.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb transitive to serve as a
- verb transitive to
signify; to denote
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- verb indicate by signs
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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What these stories portend is a pattern of naturalistic thought that permeates the greater part of all of Jack London's writing after 1902.
Wonder if he thinks 'portend' means 'feel very good'.
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