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Meaning of portend

por•tend

Pronunciation: (pôr-tend', pōr-), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to indicate in advance; to foreshadow or presage, as an omen does: The street incident may portend a general uprising.
  2. to signify; mean.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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