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portend

verb [T] uk   /pɔːˈtend/ us    /pɔːr-/ formal
to be a sign that something bad is likely to happen in the future: It was a deeply superstitious country, where earthquakes were commonly believed to portend the end of dynasties.
portent
noun [C] uk   /ˈpɔː.tent/ us    /ˈpɔːr-/
Is it true that cows lying down in a field are a portent of rain?
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