Definition of bode in English:

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Pronunciation: /bōd/


[no object] (bode well/ill)
Be an omen of a particular outcome: their argument did not bode well for the future [with object]: the 12 percent interest rate bodes dark days ahead for retailers
More example sentences
  • 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, portend, herald, be a sign of, warn of, foreshadow, be an omen of, presage, indicate, signify, promise, threaten, spell, denote, foretell;
prophesy, predict
literary betoken, forebode


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

Words that rhyme with bode

abode, bestrode, code, commode, corrode, download, encode, erode, explode, forebode, goad, implode, load, lode, middle-of-the-road, mode, node, ode, offload, outrode, road, rode, sarod, Spode, strode, toad, upload, woad

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