Definition of augur in English:



  • 1 (of an event or circumstance) portend a good or bad outcome.

    ‘the end of the Cold War seemed to augur well’
    ‘the return to the gold standard augured badly for industry’
    • ‘All augurs well for great racing at Killarney in the years ahead.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, announcements made in the past few weeks do not augur well for the future.’
    • ‘This is a remarkable and welcome achievement that augurs well for the industry.’
    • ‘This augurs well for the future of its political landscape.’
    • ‘This augurs well for a party seeking to be elected into government.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said that both sides' willingness to talk augured well for a peaceful outcome.’
    • ‘This augurs well for strengthening domestic demand next year.’
    • ‘This talented side have a remarkable success rate this season which augurs well for football in the club over the coming years.’
    • ‘The victory augurs well for the upcoming championship in August.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This also augurs well for the future of education in Radcliffe as a whole.’
    • ‘Those events certainly did not augur well for the success of the project.’
    • ‘This is just the second camp organised by this club and a turnout of 120 young children certainly augurs well for its continued success.’
    • ‘This augurs well for our continuing expansion in the future.’
    • ‘Indeed, to have an operation begin with a helicopter crash does not augur well for its outcome.’
    • ‘This was a fine performance by the Chamber of Commerce president and certainly augurs well for her future political prospects.’
    • ‘The precedent it set does not augur well for future similar elections.’
    • ‘Initial feedback from participants was very positive and augurs well for the future of a great event.’
    • ‘This augurs well for dialogue and understanding.’
    portend, herald, be a sign of, be an indication of, be a warning of, warn of, forewarn of, be an omen of, be a harbinger of, foreshadow, presage, indicate, signify, signal, point to, promise, threaten, spell, denote
    foretell, forecast, predict, prophesy, prognosticate, divine, foresee
    betoken, foretoken, forebode, harbinger
    foreshow, previse
    vaticinate, auspicate
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    1. 1.1[with object]Portend or bode (a specified outcome)
      ‘a new coalition would not augur a new period of social reforms’
      • ‘It augurs a far more democratic vision than a culture of achievement that recognizes only talent.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It seemed to augur a new phase in American foreign policy.’
      • ‘Perhaps it augurs a return to the epicene male fashion of Genji's time.’
      • ‘It is hoped that this development will augur a new era of cooperation between the AAA and the Academy of Accounting Historians.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This could augur another miserable month for the UK's biggest airport.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In contrast to the coalition of 1969, a new coalition would not augur a new period of social reforms.’
      • ‘The Violin Concerto starts off, for instance, with dissonant sustained chords auguring a foray into some atonal world of austerity and gray shadings.’
      • ‘The process, itself, was cumbersome and did not augur success.’
      • ‘This augured a fundamentally contemptuous attitude toward the principles that had previously sustained US legitimacy.’
      • ‘With that in mind, Franks' presence seems to augur a shift in US policy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    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 behavior of birds, interpreting these as an indication of divine approval or disapproval of a proposed action.

    • ‘Appropriately, with his head veiled he had the omens taken on the Capitoline Hill, accompanied by augurs and priests, and received the requested signs.’
    • ‘People called augurs could also be found in the temples.’
    • ‘The elimination of these Christians, the augur would claim, could restore his divining powers and help the emperor.’
    • ‘An augur in Latin was someone who could see into the future.’
    • ‘In the case of the augurs or haruspices of Rome, the animal was sacrificed to permit contemplation of the entrails for prophetic purposes.’
    seer, soothsayer, fortune teller, crystal gazer, clairvoyant, psychic, visionary, prognosticator, diviner, prophesier, prophet, prophetess, oracle, sibyl, sage, wise man, wise woman
    spaewife, spaeman
    oracler, vaticinator, haruspex
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Late Middle English (as a noun): from Latin, diviner.