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
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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Although there are signs that an increasing number of mental health experts are taking an honest look at the facts regarding homosexual behavior and sexual orientation therapy, there are other signs that portend an even darker future for the profession.
What they portend is that—just as Wells had written at the start of "War of the Worlds"—an old, arid world with its dried-up canals is now intent on conquest.
But with millions of people nearing the end of their working lives, low rates also portend meager returns on fixed-income investments.
But leasing activity and excited explorers portend a bonanza, analysts and executives say.
But over time, his former crew comes to his aid and, realizing his visions portend certain doom unless they do something, team up with their former Captain to save the Galaxy from certain destruction.
That Obama and Reagan are still almost identical poll twins could portend good news for the current occupant of the Oval Office down the road.
LONDON—A crack opened in Europe's credit markets last week that could portend deeper trouble for the region's banks and governments.