forebode

verb fore·bode \ (ˌ)fȯr-ˈbōd \
variants: or less commonly
|Updated on: 9 Aug 2018

Definition of forebode

foreboded also forboded; foreboding also forboding; forebodes also forbodes
1 : to have an inward conviction of (something, such as a coming ill or misfortune)
  • … she looked eagerly in his face, not quick to forebode evil, but unavoidably conscious that the state of the family had changed …
  • —Nathaniel Hawthorne
2 : foretell, portend
  • Such dark clouds forebode a storm.

foreboder

noun

Examples of forebode in a Sentence

  1. that police car parked outside the house doesn't forebode well

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First Known Use of forebode

1603

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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