Definition of "bode" []

  • To be an omen of: heavy seas that boded trouble for small craft. (verb-transitive)
  • Archaic To predict; foretell. (verb-transitive)
  • To be an omen; portend: The peace accord bodes well for the city under siege. (verb-intransitive)
  • A past tense of bide. (verb)
  • To be an omen of (good or ill, esp of ill); portend; presage (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To predict; foretell (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "bode" in a sentence
  • "Still, the close calls bode well for Blyleven and Alomar in the future."
  • "Planetary and moon formation seems to follow a rule called bode's law which has each planet roughly twice as far out as the previous one, though there is still controversy about this."
  • "[349] Abode is an old English word signifying omen or prognostic, -- from "bode," to portend."