to be an omen of; portend: The news bodes evil days for him.
Archaic. to announce beforehand; predict.
to portend: The news bodes well for him.
Other definitions for bode (2 of 2)
a simple past tense of bide.
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How to use bode in a sentence
That would bode well for some of the more beaten-down investment sectors in the year ahead.Good news: the COVID vaccine is here! The not so good: markets are unimpressed | Bernhard Warner | December 8, 2020 | Fortune
The finding also bodes well for how long a vaccination might provide protection.Immunity to COVID-19 may persist six months or more | Erin Garcia de Jesus | November 24, 2020 | Science News
The latest spike marks the third surge of infections in the US this year, and doesn’t bode well for colder weather that will force more Americans indoors and increase their susceptibility to infection.While US votes were counted, the pandemic became worse than ever | Tim Fernholz | November 8, 2020 | Quartz
The National Institutes of Health researchers who initially halted the trial due to a safety concern, however, didn’t find that the treatment caused any harm, which may bode well for a regulatory review of the antibody’s use in a different setting.Eli Lilly’s antibody treatment proves unhelpful for advanced COVID cases | Rachel Schallom | October 27, 2020 | Fortune
All of this bodes well for the real estate players, who don’t think the projected sales peak will slow them down.Behind real estate’s surprise 2020 boom and what comes next | Rachel Schallom | October 20, 2020 | Fortune
What Tom was saying came to the ears of Mark, and a look came into his face which boded no good to Tom.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
They were sharp-eyed, athletic-looking men, whose appearance on the island boded no good to one Craigie, alias Kemble.The Rival Campers | Ruel Perley Smith
I trembled, I knew not why, but I fancied that the visits of M. de Monsoreau boded me no good.Chicot the Jester | Alexandre Dumas, Pere
Master rose the nex morning with a dismal countinants—he seamed to think that his pa's visit boded him no good.Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush | William Makepeace Thackeray
This onset boded destruction to herself and all her friends; above all, to him she loved best.Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks | Bracebridge Hemyng
British Dictionary definitions for bode (1 of 2)
to be an omen of (good or ill, esp of ill); portend; presage
(tr) archaic to predict; foretell
- boding, noun, adjective
- bodement, noun
British Dictionary definitions for bode (2 of 2)
the past tense of bide
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