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[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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