• (British) IPA: /pɔːˈtɛnd/
  • (America) IPA: /pɔɹˈtɛnd/

portend (portends, present participle portending; past and past participle portended)

  1. (transitive) To serve as a warning or omen of.
    • 1671, John Milton, “Book the Fourth”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398 ↗:
      A kingdom they portend thee, but what kingdom, / Real or allegoric, I discern not; Nor when: eternal sure--as without end,
  2. (transitive) To signify; to denote.
    Let it be known that the Rapture portends the End of Days.
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