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Examples of augur in a Sentence
ancient Roman augurs who predicted the future by reading the flight of birds
Definition of augur
- This bad news augurs disaster for all of us.
Examples of augur in a Sentence
The decision doesn't augur well.
the extended interview augurs well for your acceptance into that law school
Recent Examples of augur from the Web
The collapse of the wall, which occurred at the very end of the episode, augured an end to the scrupulous order which had seemed to last far too long.
This solar eclipse, will expedite events in Trumps life and may augur life-changing consequences.
That the film was directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, whose sensitive 2013 drama Short Term 12 was an indie favorite that year, augured well.
A rebound in traffic and earnings numbers augurs well for a carrier that is undertaking a review of its entire business amid intensifying competition from Middle East airlines and budget carriers.
Dow futures were unchanged at 21,254.00 and S&P futures slipped 0.4 percent to 2,419.10, auguring a slow start to trading on Wall Street.
Wikelski, director of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Radolfzell, Germany, said some previous research had augured well for the predictive abilities of animals.
The horror of a Sandy Hook -- however unspeakable -- ultimately became just a headline rather than a trend line auguring momentum for sensible gun control measures or mental health treatment reforms.
The shift could augur further changes at the company, whose history reaches back more than a century to the laboratories of the famed inventor Thomas Edison.
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Did You Know?
Auguring is what augurs did in ancient Rome. These were official diviners whose function it was, not to foretell the future, but to divine whether the gods approved of a proposed undertaking, such as a military move. They did so by various means, among them observing the behavior of birds and examining the entrails of sacrificed animals. Nowadays, the foretell sense of the verb is often used with an adverb, such as well, as in our example sentence. Augur comes from Latin and is related to the Latin verb augēre, meaning "to increase."
Synonymsbode, forebode (also forbode), promise
Related Wordsforecast, foretell, predict, presage, prognosticate, prophesy; forewarn, warn; anticipate, divine, foreknow, foresee; betoken, foreshadow, harbinger, portend, prefigure, presignify; indicate, signify; allude, connote, hint, imply, insinuate, intimate, suggest
Near Antonymsdescribe, narrate, recite, recount, relate, report, tell
AUGUR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of augur for English Language Learners
: to show or suggest something that might happen in the future
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