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augur

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noun au·gur \ˈȯ-gər\

Definition of augur

  1. 1 :  an official diviner of ancient Rome

  2. 2 :  one held to foretell events by omens

Examples of augur in a sentence

  1. <ancient Roman augurs who predicted the future by reading the flight of birds>

Origin and Etymology of augur

Latin; akin to Latin augēre


First Known Use: 14th century


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augur

verb au·gur

Definition of augur

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to foretell especially from omens

  3. 2 :  to give promise of :  presage

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to predict the future especially from omens

Examples of augur in a sentence

  1. The decision doesn't augur well.

  2. <the extended interview augurs well for your acceptance into that law school>

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."

1593

First Known Use of augur

1593


AUGUR Defined for English Language Learners


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augur

verb au·gur

Definition of augur for English Language Learners

  • : to show or suggest something that might happen in the future



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