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 The aggressive, confident approach bodes well for the Galaxy, whose schedule remains its friend to close out the regular season. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "The MLS XI, Week 28: Sounders Fans, Galaxy Make Statements," 16 Sep. 2019 And the 49ers hope that bodes well for Sunday’s game at Cincinnati after Garoppolo failed to feast on Tampa Bay’s defense in a 31-17 season-opening win. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo aims to keep feasting in Cincinnati," 11 Sep. 2019 Officials said a recent discovery of Egypt’s Zohr gas field bodes well for more discoveries in Cypriot waters. Washington Post, "Official: Energy security key in bolstered Cyprus-Egypt ties," 11 Sep. 2019 Gray said that electoral history in the 1st Congressional District race, along with Hightower’s strong fundraising performance, bodes well for the former state senator during the early stages of the campaign. al.com, "Three-way fundraising battle shapes up in Alabama’s 1st congressional district race," 19 July 2019 His exit presumably bodes well for bubble candidates D.J. Reed and Emmanuel Moseley. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers roster tracker: Who’s getting cut? Is Jerick McKinnon IR-bound?," 30 Aug. 2019 All of which bodes poorly for the looming confrontation. The Economist, "Eurocrats know Boris Johnson well, making no-deal Brexit more likely," 15 Aug. 2019 That back-and-forth posturing, in a series of recent letters obtained by The Denver Post, bodes poorly for DIA’s relationship with Great Hall Partners. Jon Murray, The Denver Post, "Denver airport and Great Hall contractor escalate public battle as mediation stalls," 9 Aug. 2019 The rapid development of Starship bodes well for Musk’s extraterrestrial ambitions, despite a recent setback to SpaceX’s commercial crew program following an explosion in April. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "SpaceX Just Unleashed Its Starship Rocket for the First Time," 26 July 2019

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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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bode

verb
How to pronounce bode (audio)

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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