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forebode

[fawr-bohd, fohr-]
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verb (used with object), fore·bod·ed, fore·bod·ing.
  1. to foretell or predict; be an omen of; indicate beforehand; portend: clouds that forebode a storm.
  2. to have a strong inner feeling or notion of (a future misfortune, evil, catastrophe, etc.); have a presentiment of.
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verb (used without object), fore·bod·ed, fore·bod·ing.
  1. to prophesy.
  2. to have a presentiment.
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Origin of forebode

First recorded in 1595–1605; fore- + bode1
Related formsfore·bod·er, nounun·fore·bod·ed, adjective
Can be confusedforbade forbid forbidden forebode

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1. foreshadow, presage, forecast, augur.
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forebode

verb
  1. to warn of or indicate (an event, result, etc) in advance
  2. to have an intuition or premonition of (an event)
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Derived Formsforeboder, noun
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Word Origin and History for forebode

v.

"feel a secret premonition," c.1600, from fore- + bode. Related: Foreboded; foreboding. Old English forebodian meant "to announce, declare."

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