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bode1

[bohd]
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verb (used with object), bod·ed, bod·ing.
  1. to be an omen of; portend: The news bodes evil days for him.
  2. Archaic. to announce beforehand; predict.
verb (used without object), bod·ed, bod·ing.
  1. to portend: The news bodes well for him.

Origin of bode1

before 1000; Middle English boden, Old English bodian to announce, foretell (cognate with Old Norse botha), derivative of boda messenger, cognate with German Bote, Old Norse bothi

bode2

[bohd]
verb
  1. a simple past tense of bide.

bide

[bahyd]
verb (used with object), bid·ed or bode; bid·ed or (Archaic) bid; bid·ing.
  1. Archaic. to endure; bear.
  2. Obsolete. to encounter.
verb (used without object), bid·ed or bode; bid·ed or (Archaic) bid; bid·ing.
  1. to dwell; abide; wait; remain.
Idioms
  1. bide one's time, to wait for a favorable opportunity: He wanted to ask for a raise, but bided his time.

Origin of bide

before 900; Middle English biden, Old English bīdan; cognate with Old Frisian bīdia, Old Saxon bīdan, Old High German bītan, Old Norse bītha, Gothic beidan, Latin fīdere, Greek peíthesthai to trust, rely < Indo-European *bheidh-; the meaning apparently developed: have trust > endure > wait > abide > remain
Related formsbid·er, noun

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3. stay, linger, tarry.
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Examples from the Web for bode

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  • Heyst was aware that this visit could bode nothing pleasant.

    Victory

    Joseph Conrad

  • Bode does not name Lessing; calls him a well-known German scholar.

    Laurence Sterne in Germany

    Harvey Waterman Thayer

  • It seems that Bode purchased this volume at Lessings auction in Hamburg.

    Laurence Sterne in Germany

    Harvey Waterman Thayer

  • God send ye the warld you bode, and that's neither scant nor want.

    The Proverbs of Scotland

    Alexander Hislop

  • “Those voices at this time of the evening bode no good,” she said to herself.

    The Heir of Kilfinnan

    W.H.G. Kingston


British Dictionary definitions for bode

bode1

verb
  1. to be an omen of (good or ill, esp of ill); portend; presage
  2. (tr) archaic to predict; foretell
Derived Formsboding, noun, adjectivebodement, noun

Word Origin

Old English bodian; related to Old Norse botha to proclaim, Old Frisian bodia to invite

bode2

verb
  1. the past tense of bide

bide

verb bides, biding, bided, bode or bided
  1. (intr) archaic, or dialect to continue in a certain place or state; stay
  2. (intr) archaic, or dialect to live; dwell
  3. (tr) archaic, or dialect to tolerate; endure
  4. bide a wee Scot to stay a little
  5. bide by Scot to abide by
  6. bide one's time to wait patiently for an opportunity
Often shortened to: (Scot) byde

Word Origin

Old English bīdan; related to Old Norse bītha to wait, Gothic beidan, Old High German bītan
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Word Origin and History for bode

v.

Old English bodian "proclaim, announce; foretell," from boda "messenger," probably from Proto-Germanic *budon- (cf. Old Saxon gibod, German gebot, Old Norse boð), from PIE *bheudh- "be aware, make aware" (see bid (v.)). As a shortened form of forebode (usually evil), it dates from 1740. Related: Boded; boding.

bide

v.

Old English bidan "to stay, continue, live, remain," also "to trust, rely" (cognate with Old Norse biða, Old Saxon bidan, Old Frisian bidia, Middle Dutch biden, Old High German bitan, Gothic beidan "to wait"), apparently from PIE *bheidh-, an extended stem of one root of Old English biddan (see bid (v.)), the original sense of which was "to command," and "to trust" (cf. Greek peithein "to persuade," pistis "faith;" Latin fidere "to trust," foedus "compact, treaty," Old Church Slavonic beda "need"). Perhaps the sense evolved in prehistoric times through "endure," and "endure a wait," to "to wait." Preserved in Scotland and northern England, replaced elsewhere by abide in all senses except to bide one's time. Related: Bided; biding.

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