portend Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"portend" in British English

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portendverb [T]

uk   /pɔːˈtend/  us   /pɔːr-/ formal
to be a ​sign that something ​bad is ​likely to ​happen in the ​future: It was a ​deeplysuperstitiouscountry, where ​earthquakes were ​commonlybelieved to portend the end of ​dynasties.
portent
noun [C] uk   /ˈpɔː.tent/  us   /ˈpɔːr-/
Is it ​true that ​cowslying down in a ​field are a portent ofrain?
(Definition of portend from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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 ​majorscandal whose ​fullexposure portended the end of a ​popularpresidentialreign.
(Definition of portend from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “portend”
in Chinese (Simplified) 预示,预兆,预告(坏事)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 預示,預兆,預告(壞事)…
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