Definition of bode in English:



[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’
    • ‘Some observers say this does not bode well for next year's presidential elections.’
    • ‘I have a feeling this might not bode well for the costume parade in our little park on Sunday.’
    • ‘His stage presence and his command of the text bode well for an acting career should he choose to pursue that direction.’
    • ‘This shirking of my writing does not bode well for my prospects when I get a ‘real’ job.’
    • ‘Both are key inflation readings which bode well for interest rates and the economy.’
    • ‘I'm a firm believer that too much time on your own doesn't bode well.’
    • ‘It certainly does not bode well for the originator of the report should his or her identity be discovered.’
    • ‘Dench and others believe the future doesn't bode well for health care consumers.’
    • ‘This internalised focus does not, however, bode well for future economic development of the community.’
    • ‘A number of key social trends emerged in the latest Census data which don't bode well for the region.’
    • ‘Losing larger Scottish companies at the recent rate does not bode well for the next rung down the ladder.’
    • ‘While there are risks with such little home equity, this does bode well for their financial futures.’
    • ‘The player has passed through four rugby league teams in a professional career that has lasted just six years, which does not bode well.’
    • ‘And reports this week that he has taken charge of deciding transfer targets do not bode well for McCall.’
    • ‘Not only does this seem unfair, but the tendency of the public school boy to underperform at university does not bode well for Oxford.’
    • ‘That would bode well for businesses should the court consider the issue again.’
    • ‘This did not bode well at the time, and subsequent events have not been happy.’
    • ‘It has a corporate feel to it that doesn't bode well for quality.’
    • ‘Most likely not, but it does bode well for a lot of smaller pictures to gain some much needed attention.’
    • ‘This consideration does not bode well for the vitality of the art community.’
    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
    betoken, foretoken, adumbrate
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Old English bodian proclaim, foretell from boda messenger of Germanic origin; related to German Bote, also to bid.