Meaning of “portend” in the English Dictionary

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"portend" in British English

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portendverb [ T ]

uk /pɔːˈtend/ us /pɔːrˈtend/ formal

(Definition of “portend” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"portend" in American English

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portendverb [ T ]

us /pɔrˈtend, poʊr-/ fml

to be a sign that something is likely to happen in the future:

It was a major scandal whose full exposure portended the end of a popular presidential reign.

(Definition of “portend” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)