Definition of portend verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

portend

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//pɔːˈtend//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɔːrˈtend//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they portend
BrE BrE//pɔːˈtend//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɔːrˈtend//
 
he / she / it portends
BrE BrE//pɔːˈtendz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɔːrˈtendz//
 
past simple portended
BrE BrE//pɔːˈtendɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɔːrˈtendɪd//
 
past participle portended
BrE BrE//pɔːˈtendɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɔːrˈtendɪd//
 
-ing form portending
BrE BrE//pɔːˈtendɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɔːrˈtendɪŋ//
 
 
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portend something (formal) to be a sign or warning of something that is going to happen in the future, especially something bad or unpleasant synonym foreshadow Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin portendere, based on pro- ‘forth’ + tendere ‘stretch’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: portend