Definition of augur in English:



[NO OBJECT]augur well/badly/ill
  • 1(of an event or circumstance) portend a good or bad outcome.

    ‘the end of the cold war seemed to augur well’
    • ‘This augurs well for the future of its political landscape.’
    • ‘This was a fine performance by the Chamber of Commerce president and certainly augurs well for her future political prospects.’
    • ‘All augurs well for great racing at Killarney in the years ahead.’
    • ‘Initial feedback from participants was very positive and augurs well for the future of a great event.’
    • ‘This is just the second camp organised by this club and a turnout of 120 young children certainly augurs well for its continued success.’
    • ‘He said that both sides' willingness to talk augured well for a peaceful outcome.’
    • ‘Indeed, to have an operation begin with a helicopter crash does not augur well for its outcome.’
    • ‘This augurs well for a party seeking to be elected into government.’
    • ‘This also augurs well for the future of education in Radcliffe as a whole.’
    • ‘This augurs well for strengthening domestic demand next year.’
    • ‘The precedent it set does not augur well for future similar elections.’
    • ‘This augurs well for dialogue and understanding.’
    • ‘This year it was the young players who formed the backbone of the team, which is great to see and augurs well for the future of golf in Swinford.’
    • ‘This augurs well for our continuing expansion in the future.’
    • ‘This is a remarkable and welcome achievement that augurs well for the industry.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, announcements made in the past few weeks do not augur well for the future.’
    • ‘But the fact that there are young men and women in India prepared to dedicate their creative energies to this sort of publishing augurs well.’
    • ‘Those events certainly did not augur well for the success of the project.’
    • ‘The victory augurs well for the upcoming championship in August.’
    • ‘This talented side have a remarkable success rate this season which augurs well for football in the club over the coming years.’
    1. 1.1with object Portend or bode (a specified outcome)
      ‘they feared that these happenings augured a neo-Nazi revival’
      • ‘Although a crisp breeze had hung in the air when Caleb and his uncle had arrived at Cedar Grove, an azure sky had augured a morning of pleasant weather.’
      • ‘I would like to leap to the defence of Quinn, a man as yet untested in football management but exhibiting qualities that augur a bright future.’
      • ‘The quality of the athletes, always impressive, seemed to take a quantum leap forward, a happy augur for the future of the sport in this Eastern European nation.’
      • ‘The move augurs disaster for pastoralism in the sub-continent, it is a mode of violence against the lives and livelihoods of several thousand rural households.’
      • ‘With that in mind, Franks' presence seems to augur a shift in US policy.’
      • ‘It augurs a far more democratic vision than a culture of achievement that recognizes only talent.’
      • ‘The Violin Concerto starts off, for instance, with dissonant sustained chords auguring a foray into some atonal world of austerity and gray shadings.’
      • ‘This augured a fundamentally contemptuous attitude toward the principles that had previously sustained US legitimacy.’
      • ‘Not that I have ever felt 100 percent competent in the writing business, where one day's success augurs nothing at all for the next.’
      • ‘That relation of basic inequality augurs less well for the development of peaceful relations even if both parties have democratic governments.’
      • ‘It is hoped that this development will augur a new era of cooperation between the AAA and the Academy of Accounting Historians.’
      • ‘The process, itself, was cumbersome and did not augur success.’
      • ‘In contrast to the coalition of 1969, a new coalition would not augur a new period of social reforms.’
      • ‘It seemed to augur a new phase in American foreign policy.’
      • ‘Lee does not reckon that much concrete will emerge from the summit but, she adds, ‘I am certain it will augur a new mood in North Korea.’’
      • ‘I tried to recall what it was about his demeanor or statements that augured this rejection, but could not find any clues.’
      • ‘Beyond giving vent to frustrations at a relationship gone seriously awry, such rhetoric augurs a troubled future.’
      • ‘Perhaps it augurs a return to the epicene male fashion of Genji's time.’
      • ‘This could augur another miserable month for the UK's biggest airport.’
      • ‘Hope has been replaced by magical thinking that augurs a second and more terrible level of social disruption and anger not far down the road.’
    2. 1.2archaic with object Foresee or predict.
      • ‘Of course, they augured stuff by poking around in crow guts too, so that's how much they knew.’


  • (in ancient Rome) a religious official who observed natural signs, especially the behaviour of birds, interpreting these as an indication of divine approval or disapproval of a proposed action.

    • ‘An augur in Latin was someone who could see into the future.’
    • ‘The elimination of these Christians, the augur would claim, could restore his divining powers and help the emperor.’
    • ‘In the case of the augurs or haruspices of Rome, the animal was sacrificed to permit contemplation of the entrails for prophetic purposes.’
    • ‘People called augurs could also be found in the temples.’
    • ‘Appropriately, with his head veiled he had the omens taken on the Capitoline Hill, accompanied by augurs and priests, and received the requested signs.’
    seer, soothsayer, fortune teller, crystal gazer, clairvoyant, psychic, visionary, prognosticator, diviner, prophesier, prophet, prophetess, oracle, sibyl, sage, wise man, wise woman
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The spellings augur (a verb meaning ‘portend a good or bad outcome’, as in this augurs well) and auger (a type of tool used for boring) are sometimes confused, but the two words are quite different in both their present meaning and their origins


Late Middle English (as a noun): from Latin, ‘diviner’.