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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)

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.

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."