Portended
Portend Por*tend", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Portended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Portending}.] [L. portendre, portentum, to foretell, to predict, to impend, from an old preposition used in comp. + tendere to stretch. See {Position}, {Tend}.] 1. To indicate (events, misfortunes, etc.) as in future; to foreshow; to foretoken; to bode; -- now used esp. of unpropitious signs. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

Many signs portended a dark and stormy day. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. To stretch out before. [R.] ``Doomed to feel the great Idomeneus' portended steel.'' --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To foreshow; foretoken; betoken; forebode; augur; presage; foreshadow; threaten. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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