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bode

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verb \ˈbōd\

Definition of bode

boded

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boding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to indicate (something, such as a future event) by signs :  presage <bode disaster> <recent data that bodes well for her reelection>

  3. 2 archaic :  to announce beforehand :  foretell

bode ill

  1. :  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

  1. :  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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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bode

Definition of bode

  1. past tense of bide



BODE Defined for English Language Learners

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bode

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verb \ˈbōd\

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

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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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