bode

verb
\ ˈbōd How to pronounce bode (audio) \
boded; boding

Definition of bode

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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
: 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

bode

Definition of bode (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense of bide

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Synonyms for bode

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of bode in a Sentence

Verb This could bode disaster for all involved. her natural gift for reading boded well for her future in school
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Meanwhile the ultimate fates of Mother and Father remain ambiguous; since Collin's Mother was hands-down the most interesting character, that doesn't bode well for S2. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Raised by Wolves squanders early promise with clumsy, bizarre finale," 2 Oct. 2020 That should bode well for a more consistent campaign. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "Ranking the top 20 Dallas-area 5A football teams heading into the 2020 season," 19 Sep. 2020 That doesn’t bode well for industries such as luxury retail, where brands see increasing returns to scale. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "The Capital Note: Tariffs, Tiffany & Tech," 9 Sep. 2020 That does not bode well for bringing the trials to a speedy conclusion. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "Another federal official raises questions about Trump's vaccine timeline," 7 Sep. 2020 That should bode well for first-year starting quarterback Tate Ewing and senior running back Travis Hutchinson, who averaged 5.1 yards per carry last fall. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando area private schools football preview: Bishop Moore, Foundation count on proven players," 3 Sep. 2020 Back-to-back losses don't bode well for the New Orleans Saints' quest for the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Amie Just | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Saints still have real shot at No. 1 seed (also a Wild Card) after loss to Chiefs; here's how," 21 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, intensifying bids for digital advertising dollars by TikTok and Snapchat do not bode well for perennial foe Facebook. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "1-in-5 Fortune 500 companies still use risky Chinese tech after U.S. ban," 24 Nov. 2020 On offense, tight end Nick Boyle’s season-ending knee injury and another potential shakeup along the offensive line don’t bode well for an inconsistent unit. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens vs. Titans staff picks: Who will win Sunday’s Week 11 game in Baltimore?," 20 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of bode

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for bode

Verb

Middle English, from Old English bodian; akin to Old English bēodan to proclaim — more at bid entry 1

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The first known use of bode was before the 12th century

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28 Feb 2021

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“Bode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bode. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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bode

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bode

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

bode

verb
\ ˈbōd How to pronounce bode (audio) \
boded; boding

Kids Definition of bode

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

bode

Kids Definition of bode (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense of bide

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