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Verb: portend  por'tend
  1. Be a sign of something to come, esp. something important or bad
    "These signs portend bad news";
    - bode, auspicate, prognosticate, omen, presage, betoken [archaic], foreshadow, augur, foretell, prefigure, forecast, predict, foretoken

Derived forms: portending, portended, portends

Type of: bespeak, betoken [archaic], indicate, point, signal

Encyclopedia: Portend