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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
Jupiter is in your financial sector, holding space for investors, partnerships, and new contracts with great promise Taurus Jupiter planet of luck enters the realm of coupling in your chart and this portends to business and love.
Those qualities, combined with an earnest commitment to doing things the right way, portend a fulfilling life for Greg.
But then Harkin retired in 2014, and Iowans elected highly partisan Republican Joni Ernst to succeed him, by a large margin, portending that battleground state’s dramatic slide in the GOP’s direction in 2016.
But even the manner in which it was rolled out—with no input from the head of the voting section or any members of his staff—seemed to portend trouble.
So a Moore win here would not necessarily portend trouble for GOP incumbents such as Sens.
That could portend an even deeper crisis after December.
Continued nerve symptoms portend a prolonged absence.
Do such moves portend a tougher American line on China?
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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.
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