:to indicate (something, such as a future event) by signs :presage
- recent data that bodes well for her reelection
:to announce beforehand :foretell
: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
: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