portend [pawr-tend, pohr-]
verb (used with object)
1. to indicate in advance; to foreshadow or presage, as an omen does: The street incident may portend a general uprising.
2. to signify; mean.
Can be confused
1. foretell, forecast, augur, promise, forebode.
Origin: 1400-50; late Middle English < Latin portendere to point out, indicate, portend, variant of protendere to extend. See pro-, tend
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