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Definition of portend verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: portend