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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
Democrats of done quite well in special elections since Mr. Trump took office, which could portend good things for their party in the midterms.
Hulseberg said key business indicators showed a good year in 2017 and portend another good year in 2018 for Aurora's business community.
Nova’s defense, a problem all season, got markedly better in the Big East tournament, a good sign that may portend a deep run.
Duffy will remain in Kansas City for the foreseeable future — his name was floated in the offseason as a potential trade candidate — and Hosmer will oversee what portends to be the final stages of a rebuilding process in San Diego.
And for the nation, the retirement shortfall portends a drain on public resources, especially if seniors reduce taxable spending and officials decide to cover additional public-assistance costs for older Americans who can’t make ends meet.
People unfamiliar with North Korea might hope that portends good things regarding gender equality in North Korea.
The large number of undecided voters could portend low turnout, which could benefit campaigns that have sufficient funds and organization to effectively motivate their supporters to get to the polls.
At its beginning, Aarons’s life did not portend photographer of the who’s-who of yesteryear.
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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
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