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bode

verb \ ˈbōd \
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

Definition of bode

boded; boding
1 : to indicate (something, such as a future event) by signs : presage
  • bode disaster
  • recent data that bodes well for her reelection
2 archaic : to announce beforehand : foretell
bode ill
: to show or suggest that future developments or events will be unfavorable or unwelcome : to be a sign of trouble to come
  • Any further diminishing of the species' gene pool can only bode ill for the future.
  • —John Hew Fanshawe
bode well
transitive verb
: to show or suggest that future developments or events will be good or favorable : to be a sign of good things to come
  • … the news … does not bode well for our future standard of living.
  • —Lester C. Thurow

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

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Origin and Etymology of bode

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


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bode

Definition of bode

  • past tense of bide


BODE Defined for English Language Learners

bode

verb

Definition of bode for English Language Learners

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


BODE Defined for Kids

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bode

verb \ ˈbōd \

Definition of bode for Students

boded; boding
: to be a sign of (a future event)
  • This could bode difficulty for all of us.

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bode

Definition of bode for Students

  • past tense of bide


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