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portend

por·tend

portend

 
 
pronunciation:
por tend
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: portended, portending, portends
definition 1: to serve as a sign or warning of; bode.
The outbreak of war portends great hardship for the nation.
synonyms:
augur, betoken, bode, forebode, foretell, foretoken, presage, prognosticate
similar words:
forecast, foreshadow, foreshow, forewarn, harbinger, omen, prefigure, promise, prophesy, signal, signify, threaten, warn
definition 2: to indicate or mean.
synonyms:
bespeak, denote, indicate
similar words:
betoken, import, mean, signal, signify