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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
Another worry: Australia’s flu season typically augurs that of the U.S., and so far this year, Australia recorded 2½ times as many cases, compared to the same period last year.
Success in one election hardly augurs a realignment.
ZhongAn’s debut augurs well for other imminent technology listings in Hong Kong, which has fallen behind New York and Shanghai in money raised by IPOs in 2017 after several years at the top.
What caused this shift in the salience of race and identity (beyond the election of a black man in 2008) and augured an increase in racial polarization?
Along with a shopping rush and a welcome dip in temperature, the season augurs a surge in levels of PM2.5, tiny particles of dust that lodge deep in the lungs and cause such diseases as asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and cancer.
Likewise, concerns are growing that the U.S. retreat from global leadership, starting with the Trump administration’s more-skeptical view of global trade agreements and pullback from the Paris climate accord, could augur poorly for the dollar.
But her comments seemed to augur a shift to the right and more of an emphasis on controls over borders, migration and security.
His victory augured a new and chilling reality in America.
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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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