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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 por·tend /pɔrˈtɛnd, por-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Por·tend v. t. [imp. & p. p. Portended; p. pr. & vb. n. Portending.]
 1. To indicate (events, misfortunes, etc.) as in future; to foreshow; to foretoken; to bode; -- now used esp. of unpropitious signs.
    Many signs portended a dark and stormy day.   --Macaulay.
 2. To stretch out before. [R.] “Doomed to feel the great Idomeneus' portended steel.”
 Syn: -- To foreshow; foretoken; betoken; forebode; augur; presage; foreshadow; threaten.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v : indicate by signs; "These signs bode bad news" [syn: bode,
           auspicate, prognosticate, omen, presage, betoken,
           foreshadow, augur, foretell, prefigure, forecast,