Definition of portent noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    portent

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    NAmE//ˈpɔrtɛnt//
     
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  1. 1a sign or warning of something that is going to happen in the future, especially when it is something unpleasant synonym omen
  2. 2 The event proved to be a portent of the disaster that was to come. We shall try to reach an agreement but the portents are not good.
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