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verb[WITH OBJECT]Archaic, literary
1 (of a situation or occurrence) act as a warning of (something bad)‘this lull foreboded some new assault upon him’
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 ofsignify, mean, indicate, add up to, point to, announce, promisespellforetoken, betoken, harbingerprefigureView synonyms
- ‘This is an ambitious but important security mechanism; however, inadequate military resources, fragile political institutions, and weak economies forebode great difficulty in getting started.’
- ‘Their return in a second blister pack of two miniatures forebodes devastation among enemy ranks!’
- ‘The sobering presentation foreboded the future of Taiwan's relationship with the United States.’
- ‘It forebodes a deeper commitment than we have seen evidence of in just the 10 episodes.’
- ‘Paper money had depreciated, and the conditions foreboded a crash.’
- 1.1Have a presentiment of (something bad)‘I foreboded mischief the moment I heard’
- ‘We foreboded it, yet I was stupid enough to bring them.’
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