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bode

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[ bohd ]
/ boʊd /
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Definition of bode

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

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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

Other definitions for bode (2 of 2)

bode2
[ bohd ]
/ boʊd /

verb
a simple past tense of bide.
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British Dictionary definitions for bode (1 of 2)

bode1
/ (bəʊd) /

verb
to be an omen of (good or ill, esp of ill); portend; presage
(tr) archaic to predict; foretell

Derived forms of bode

boding, noun, adjectivebodement, noun

Word Origin for bode

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

British Dictionary definitions for bode (2 of 2)

bode2
/ (bəʊd) /

verb
the past tense of bide
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