To augur is to predict or indicate. A black cat passing in front of you is said to augur bad luck, but if you love cats you can choose to believe that it augurs good luck instead.

In the past, when you said you would augur the future it meant you would predict it. That form of augur is rarely used today, but the sense of prediction — connected to an object or event — remains. Dark clouds augur a rainstorm. If you skip a dress rehearsal before opening night of a show, it won’t augur well for your performance. The Latin root stems from an ancient Roman religious official who predicted the future from omens.

Definitions of augur
  1. verb
    predict from an omen
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    type of:
    anticipate, call, forebode, foretell, predict, prognosticate, promise
    make a prediction about; tell in advance
  2. verb
    indicate by signs
    synonyms: auspicate, betoken, bode, forecast, foreshadow, foretell, omen, portend, predict, prefigure, presage, prognosticate
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    to be a menacing indication of something:"The clouds threaten rain"
    foretell by divine inspiration
    type of:
    bespeak, betoken, indicate, point, signal
    be a signal for or a symptom of
  3. noun
    (ancient Rome) a religious official who interpreted omens to guide public policy
    synonyms: auspex
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    type of:
    oracle, prophesier, prophet, seer, vaticinator
    an authoritative person who divines the future
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