\ 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


Definition of bode (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense of bide

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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 Whether that bodes well for Maridoe hosting more events remains to be seen. Mark Kazlowski, Dallas News, "Local links: Maridoe Golf Club to host USGA championship," 29 Jan. 2020 While the market's shift toward SUVs and crossovers means that the 508 GT is unlikely to make the trip Stateside, the relaxed and refined demeanor of Peugeot's new sedan bodes well for the larger vehicles the brand might eventually sell here. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "Peugeot 508 GT: A Look at the Future, Just Not Our Future," 27 Jan. 2020 Based on this season’s results, the matchup bodes well for Jackson who is shooting .406 from 3-point land this season and the Pistons are ranked 27th in opponent’s 3-point %. Geoff Clark, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "NBA Player Prop Bet Payday: Jaren Jackson will maul the Pistons," 24 Jan. 2020 However, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa declaring for the draft on Monday should bode well for Cleveland. cleveland, "2020 NFL Draft: Breaking down the top tackles who could help the Cleveland Browns at pick No. 10 -- Film Review," 8 Jan. 2020 The head of an effective security service can easily become either a rival for the top spot or a self-censoring information block, neither of which bodes well for the boss. The Economist, "Can technology plan economies and destroy democracy?," 18 Dec. 2019 Mitch Trubisky is coming off his best game of the season with 338 yards passing and three touchdowns, and that bodes well. Brad Biggs,, "NFL power rankings for Week 14: Bears sneak up to No. 15; Ravens tighten their grip on No. 1.," 3 Dec. 2019 Driskel said he's noticed improvement in his hamstring over the last 24 hours, and the fact that the Lions have not made a move at the quarterback position bodes well for his chances of starting Thursday against the Chicago Bears. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions TE Logan Thomas ready for emergency QB duty: 'I'm going to just sling it'," 26 Nov. 2019 Dolan's unhappiness with the current team does bode well for coach David Fizdale, with many interpreting Mills' rare public comment as the team's version of hitting the panic button, signaling to angry fans that change is likely coming. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "MSG Officials Change Up Spinoff Strategy," 11 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of bode


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

History and Etymology for bode


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

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“Bode.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bode

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


\ 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.


Kids Definition of bode (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense of bide

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