verb[with object] • archaic
- 1(Of a situation or occurrence) act as an advance warning of (something bad): this lull foreboded some new assault upon himMore example sentences
presage, augur, portend, prognosticate, foreshadow, foreshow, foretell, forecast, predict, prophesy, forewarn, warn of, be a warning of, herald, be an omen of, be a harbinger of; signify, mean, indicate, add up to, point to, announce, promise• informal spell• rare prefigure
- This is an ambitious but important security mechanism; however, inadequate military resources, fragile political institutions, and weak economies forebode great difficulty in getting started.
- The sobering presentation foreboded the future of Taiwan's relationship with the United States.
- Their return in a second blister pack of two miniatures forebodes devastation among enemy ranks!
- 1.1Have a presentiment of (something bad): I foreboded mischief the moment I heardMore example sentences
- We foreboded it, yet I was stupid enough to bring them.