- to foretell or predict; be an omen of; indicate beforehand; portend: clouds that forebode a storm.
- to have a strong inner feeling or notion of (a future misfortune, evil, catastrophe, etc.); have a presentiment of.
- to prophesy.
- to have a presentiment.
Origin of forebode
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1. foreshadow, presage, forecast, augur.
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Examples from the Web for forebode
The color has also been used to forebode an omen or a threat.On St. Patrick’s Day, Beware Those Sly Green Eyes
March 17, 2013
Yes, it surely must be the banshee, and what does it forebode?The Heir of Kilfinnan
What should be the next arrow from her quiver she trembled to forebode.
The expression of her face was so tragic that it seemed to forebode evil.A Country Sweetheart
Perhaps—but her tone did not forebode a cheerful conversation.Mrs. Maxon Protests
If she did not appear it might forebode the very worst of disasters.Anxious Audrey
- to warn of or indicate (an event, result, etc) in advance
- to have an intuition or premonition of (an event)
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Word Origin and History for forebode
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