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 If this product push is the big deal that it’s being positioned to be, the shakiness of this rollout, combined with the recent wobbliness of its back end, does not bode well. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 1 June 2021 That doesn't bode well for Los Angeles, which parted with coach Doc Rivers after an upset loss to Denver in the second round of last years playoffs. Paul Newberry, ajc, 27 May 2021 Having this many unvaccinated, potentially unmasked people walking around — many of whom are essential workers — doesn’t bode well for keeping our coronavirus cases and deaths near record lows. Erika D. Smith Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2021 But some activists say that while plenty about police brutality in America remains bleak, progress is being steadily made on local levels that bode well for a different future. Time, 13 May 2021 The smartphone penetration rate, measured by the percentage of households with at least one device, is at 68%, and half of the population is under 30 years old, a Grab filing shows—both measures that bode well for app operators. Jing Yang, WSJ, 7 May 2021 Yet the results from both competitions highlighted the vibrancy and diversity of each state in ways that bode well for the future. Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2021 The Snapdragon 7c’s strong performance throughout are encouraging early indicators that bode well for upcoming Chromebook products from Qualcomm’s partners. Marco Chiappetta, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021 It’s a chilling benchmark that does not bode well for the state, where some regions are about to be subject to strict stay-at-home orders. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, 10 Dec. 2020

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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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16 Jun 2021

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“Bode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bode. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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bode

verb

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 bodes well for us.

bode

Kids Definition of bode (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense of bide

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