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It was one of those mornings in summer which portend a thunderstorm and great heat.

What could it portend but that the effects of the poison were passing off and that she was recovering?

Atlee watched her, by no means certain what her gesture might portend.

A plan was devised to find out what this extravagance of candle might portend.

What did it portend that Mrs. Stannard should have cut Mr. Gleason dead?

Strangers in Gallery rubbed their eyes and asked what this might portend?

I beheld with sorrow the signs which now seemed to portend suffering and disaster.

Still, it might have been, and the dead silence might portend an ambush by the enemy.

But whatever the riddle might portend it could await construction.

What have I seen, and what do the events of this night portend?

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., from Latin portendere "foretell, reveal; point out, indicate," originally "to stretch forward," from por- (variant of pro-; see pro-) "forth, forward" + tendere "to stretch, extend" (see tenet). Related: Portended; portending.

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