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[ fawr-bohd, fohr- ]

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.

    Synonyms: augur, forecast, presage, foreshadow

  2. to have a strong inner feeling or notion of (a future misfortune, evil, catastrophe, etc.); have a presentiment of.

verb (used without object)

, fore·bod·ed, fore·bod·ing.
  1. to prophesy.
  2. to have a presentiment.


/ fɔːˈbəʊd /


  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 Forms

  • foreˈboder, noun
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Other Words From

  • fore·boder noun
  • unfore·boded adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of forebode1

First recorded in 1595–1605; fore- + bode 1
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Example Sentences

Now, with real inflation for the first time in more than a generation, the dormant fears have been roused, and fear has a way of gripping not just our sense of the present but foreboding about the future.

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The reality of the crisis isn’t as foreboding as Milman initially makes it seem.

Amid a sea of blinking green and blue lights, an entire rack of computers suddenly scintillates yellow, and then, after a few seconds, a foreboding red.

Having each court changing schedules and advancing a larger volume of cases to trial has filled him with a feeling of foreboding.

They all seem to represent doors or portals of some kind—dark, monumental, and foreboding.

The color has also been used to forebode an omen or a threat.

The storm raised over King Christian's letter was such as to forebode no other settlement than by arms.

From her history the shadow of the Horde, one is tempted to forebode, in the words of Poe, shall be lifted nevermore.

The menaces of my persecutor seemed to forebode the inevitable interruption of this system.

This profound tranquility excited the suspicions of the Black Bear; it seemed to forebode an impending storm.

Perhaps—but her tone did not forebode a cheerful conversation.


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