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
It certainly bodes well to the film adhering to what you were saying before, about humor being as important as the horror.R.L. Stine’s Secret to Scaring the Crap Out of Kids | Kevin Fallon | October 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the difficulty over agreeing to an extension of the talks bodes poorly for the next round, if it even materializes.Obama Admin Confirms: We May Free Israeli Spy to Save Peace Talks | Josh Rogin | April 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I think with De Blasio coming in, it bodes very differently for the city.Rosario Dawson on ‘Cesar Chavez,’ Immigration, Gentrification in NYC, and Beating Hollywood Bias | Marlow Stern | March 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
That bodes ill for Rousseff, who has announced her candidacy for reelection in the October 2014 presidential contest.
That bodes well for the housing market—people can take the cash realized from sales and buy new homes.
The heart of your friend bodes to-day, bodes, bodes; but is not afraid: a tough heart, Madge.The Lord of the Sea | M. P. Shiel
Gaunting bodes wanting ane o' things three—sleep, meat, or gude companie.The Proverbs of Scotland | Alexander Hislop
Bodes possible acquaintance with the English original previous to 1764 has been already noted.Laurence Sterne in Germany | Harvey Waterman Thayer
Hearts fluttered by a breeze That bodes dark morrows, morrows,— Bodes dark morrows!Songs from Vagabondia | Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey
Where dogs run they are wont to bark: oft bodes the bay of dogs the flight of javelins.The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson | Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
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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