Definition of bode in English:


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Pronunciation: /bəʊd


[no object] (bode well/ill)
Be a portent of a particular outcome: their argument did not bode well for the future [with object]: the 12 per cent interest rate bodes dark days ahead for retailers
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  • Both are key inflation readings which bode well for interest rates and the economy.
  • Losing larger Scottish companies at the recent rate does not bode well for the next rung down the ladder.
  • That would bode well for businesses should the court consider the issue again.
augur, presage, portend, foretell, prophesy, predict;
forebode, foreshadow, herald, be an omen of, warn of;
indicate, signify, be a sign of, purport, point to, threaten, promise, spell, mean
rare betoken, foretoken, adumbrate


Old English bodian 'proclaim, foretell', from boda 'messenger', of Germanic origin; related to German Bote, also to bid1.

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