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bode

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verb \ ˈbōd \

Definition of bode

boded; boding
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

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


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bode

Definition of bode

  • past tense of bide


BODE Defined for English Language Learners

bode

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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

play
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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