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