Definition of portend verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

portend

 verb
verb
NAmE//pɔrˈtɛnd//
 
portend something(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they portend
 
he / she / it portends
 
past simple portended
 
-ing form portending
 
 
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to be a sign or warning of something that is going to happen in the future, especially something bad or unpleasant synonym foreshadow
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