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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PORTENDS

“If he was here to-night it portends a deal,” said Joe, sharply.

An eclipse on the 20th day portends destruction of the king and his army.

It portends some important event which will happen very soon.'

Still the card also portends sorrow, destruction, and death.

When she is heard singing, that portends death soon for the hearer.

That is not a light grievance, it portends frost and spoils the garden.

“This portends a storm,” said Houston, as he watched the strange phenomena.

They are all playing with that oppressive quietness that portends big stakes.

What this portends I do not pretend to say, perhaps nothing.

"Such a calm and pleasant day in February portends a storm," said Jonas.

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.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.