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bode

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verb \ˈbōd\

Simple Definition of bode

  • : to be a sign of (a future event or situation)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bode

boded

boding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to announce beforehand :  foretell

  3. 2 :  to indicate by signs :  presage

Examples of bode in a sentence

  1. This could bode disaster for all involved.

  2. <her natural gift for reading boded well for her future in school>



Origin and Etymology of bode

Middle English, from Old English bodian; akin to Old English bēodan to proclaim — more at bid


First Known Use: before 12th century


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bode

Definition of bode

  1. past of bide



Rhymes with bode



BODE Defined for Kids

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bode

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verb \ˈbōd\

Definition of bode for Students

boded

boding

  1. :  to be a sign of (a future event) <This could bode difficulty for all of us.>




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bode

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Definition of bode for Students

  1. past of bide




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