Part of speech: verb

To indicate as about to happen; presage.

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Usage examples "portend":

  1. What could this change portend? - "Hilda Wade A Woman With Tenacity Of Purpose", Grant Allen.
  2. 25. " Methought a river ran herein, through the whole house, that it roared violently, rushed o'er the benches, brake the feet of you brothers twain; nothing the water spared: something will that portend! - "The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson", Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson.
  3. At this distance of time we find it hard to realize what the election of 1800 seemed to portend to those who participated therein. - "The Theory of Social Revolutions", Brooks Adams.