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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PORTEND'ED, pp. Foreshown; previously indicated by signs.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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. Many signs portended a dark and stormy day. --Macaulay. 2. To stretch out before. [R.] ``Doomed to feel the great Idomeneus' portended steel.'' --Pope. Syn: To foreshow; foretoken; betoken; forebode; augur; presage; foreshadow; threaten.



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