fore·​bode | \ (ˌ)fȯr-ˈbōd How to pronounce forebode (audio) \
variants: or less commonly
foreboded also forboded; foreboding also forboding; forebodes also forbodes

Definition of forebode

transitive verb

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.

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foreboder noun

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Examples of forebode in a Sentence

that police car parked outside the house doesn't forebode well
Recent Examples on the Web At several points during the show, Allen leads the ensemble in its sung numbers, swerving away from simple melody and into swooping, soaring gospel or foreboding blues. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "An Ecstatic Revival of Ntozake Shange’s “for colored girls”," 28 Oct. 2019 On the one hand, the streets fill with ghouls and a dark, foreboding horror. Trevor Fraser,, "Central Florida kids weigh in on the best candy for Halloween," 23 Oct. 2019 But there are plenty of ominously foreboding scenes, classic jump scares, and genuinely gross and/or terrifying moments to delight fans. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," 11 Aug. 2019 Longtime fans will be able to spot a web of connections to the main series, while new readers will hopefully be intrigued by these foreboding glimpses of what's to come. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "European Comic 'Promethee' Launching Spinoff '13:13' During Comic-Con," 15 July 2019 The result of a Guggenheim Grant and two years spent on the road with his family, the 1959 book unleashed a vision of the US notable for its unsentimental and foreboding tone. Johnny Simon, Quartzy, "Robert Frank exposed an America that Americans weren’t ready to see," 11 Sep. 2019 Both these handsome volumes — from Tartarus Press — are suffused with that air of mystery, transgression and foreboding one associates with continental literature and film during the 1920s and ’30s. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "In praise of pretty books," 14 Aug. 2019 That second blackout attack also used a new, foreboding tool, something security researchers have named Industroyer or Crash Override. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Cyberwar," 23 Aug. 2019 The spot in front of me where a table had stood was now a decaying, foreboding home. Rachel Metz, CNN, "A new Westworld game actually delivers on virtual reality's promise," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of forebode

1603, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Forebode.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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