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Definition indicate by signs that something is going to happen — especially something bad
  • I fear the election results portend greater violence in the region.
portend = indicate by signs that something is going to happen — especially something bad
  • Yet another truth portending the inevitable.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • portending = indicate by signs that something is going to happen
  • Alack, our terrene moon Is now eclips'd,
    And it portends alone The fall of Antony!
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • portends = foretells (tells what will happen)
  • I've always loved full moons. ... I liked to think that they were an omen of sorts. I wanted to believe they always portended good things.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • portended = indicated by signs that something is going to happen
  • Few heeded the sign, and not even Bilbo yet had any notion of what it portended.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • portended = indicated the future by signs — especially something bad
  • When Mr. Hooper came, the first thing that their eyes rested on was the same horrible black veil, which had added deeper gloom to the funeral, and could portend nothing but evil to the wedding.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister's Black Veil
  • portend = indicate by a sign that something is going to happen
  • It is pitch-black; clouds block out the moon and stars completely. Does the dark portend their future?
    Heather Morris  --  The Tattooist of Auschwitz
  • portend = indicate what will happen in
  • Most of them shuddered with superstitious dread of what it might portend.
    Chopin, Kate  --  The Awakening and Selected Short Stories
  • The soil is becoming hilly and portends mountains not far off.
    Verne, Jules  --  Five Weeks in a Balloon
  • He stood still, and asked himself what this circumstance might portend.
    Stevenson, Robert Louis  --  Tales and Fantasies
  • Portends no other thing than death.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • These late eclipses in the sun and moon portend no good
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Lear
  • What do these sounds portend?
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • But all the same he was a marvelously keen and strung and efficient instrument to meet the portending issue.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • What did the dark shadow around her portend?
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • I do not know what this portends.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • Dense and full bellied, they portended the type of summer storm common in the South—intense rain for twenty minutes, then slowly clearing skies.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Wedding
  • What he saith, Portends no other thing than death.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • There was a storm on the way, and the heaviness in the air portended a big one.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • Messala, on the perilous edge of the goal, heard, but dared not look to see what the awakening portended.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur

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