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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
Moving the Gators against Georgia’s reserves might not portend future success.
The Big Picture Kansas’s roster won’t look like the one that won 31 games and reached the Elite Eight last season, but the changes don’t portend a different state of affairs at the top of the Big 12.
However, there were already ominous signs that didn't portend well for the Bucs -- including challenges of finding a place to play.
Thursday’s medical news portends a far greater role.
See, the way this season is going for the Aztecs portends a bright future.
Labor support for this specific proposal may not portend a greater shift.
Optimistic Atlanta fans will say that the team’s ability to win with defense portends success.
But the collapse of this third section could also portend worse things to come for the ice shelf, write Jugal K. Patel and Justin Gillis for The New York Times.
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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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