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Examples of portend in a Sentence
The distant thunder portended a storm.
If you're superstitious, a black cat portends trouble.
Recent Examples of portend from the Web
Online shopping, job automation and store closings combine to portend a loss of up to half of current retail jobs in the country.
That was not just because of his line drive home runs, which traveled 440 and 434 feet, but because of what a return to last year’s form might portend for the Yankees.
Current conditions across the Atlantic basin and beyond portend a favorable environment for tropical cyclone development in the coming months.
This seems to be all right with the conservative right wing, and today's growing income gap, along with decreasing environmental protections, portends that that may be our future once again.
Mike Dubke, the White House communications director, has resigned from his position, a move that could portend a wider shakeup of the team, CBS News and The Washington Post are reporting Tuesday.
But the Mistral buy might also portend a future Russian arms industry that is truly globalized, and thus more efficient.
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Did You Know?
Portend has been used in English in the context of signs of things to come since the 15th century. The word derives from the Latin verb portendere, which means "to predict or foretell." That verb, in turn, developed as a combination of the prefix por- (meaning "forward") and the verb "tendere" (meaning "to stretch"). So you can think of "portend" as having a literal meaning of "stretching forward to predict." Additional descendants of "tendere" include "extend," "tendon," and "tension," among others.
PORTEND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of portend for English Language Learners
: to be a sign or warning that something usually bad or unpleasant is going to happen
PORTEND Defined for Kids
Definition of portend for Students
: to give a sign or warning of beforehand Distant thunder portended a storm.
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