[pawr-tend, pohr-]
verb (used with object)
to indicate in advance; to foreshadow or presage, as an omen does: The street incident may portend a general uprising.
to signify; mean.

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin portendere to point out, indicate, portend, variant of prōtendere to extend. See pro-1, tend1

unportended, adjective

portend, pretend (see synonym study at pretend).

1. foretell, forecast, augur, promise, forebode.
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portend (pɔːˈtɛnd)
1.  to give warning of; predict or foreshadow
2.  obsolete to indicate or signify; mean
[C15: from Latin portendere to indicate, foretell; related to prōtendere to stretch out]

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., from L. portendere "foretell," originally "to stretch forward," from por- (variant of pro-) "forth, forward" + tendere "to stretch, extend" (see tenet).
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Example sentences
Over the crowns of the cypress, towers of blue-black cumulus portend a storm.
The two clown around; they exchange fragments of thoughts that portend more
  than they state.
The combination does not portend huge numbers.
Very kind of you to lay out the options of what the symptoms can portend.
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