Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To be an omen of: heavy seas that boded trouble for small craft.
  • transitive v. Archaic To predict; foretell.
  • intransitive v. To be an omen; portend: The peace accord bodes well for the city under siege.
  • v. A past tense of bide.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To indicate by signs, as future events; to be the omen of; to portend to presage; to foreshow.
  • v. To foreshow something; to augur.
  • n. An omen; a foreshadowing.
  • n. A bid; an offer. A messenger; a herald.
  • n. A stop; a halting; delay.
  • v. Simple past of bide.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An omen; a foreshadowing.
  • n. A bid; an offer.
  • n. A messenger; a herald.
  • n. A stop; a halting; delay.
  • Abode.
  • intransitive v. To foreshow something; to augur.
  • Bid or bidden.
  • transitive v. To indicate by signs, as future events; to be the omen of; to portend to presage; to foreshow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To announce; proclaim; preach.
  • To decree; command; bid.
  • To announce beforehand; prognosticate; predict; presage.
  • To portend; augur; be an omen or indication of; betoken: with a non-personal subject.
  • To forebode or have a presentiment of (ill, or coming disaster).
  • Synonyms To augur, betoken, portend.
  • To promise; portend: with well or ill: as, this bodes well for your success.
  • To presage something evil; be of evil omen.
  • To bid for; make an offer for; buy.
  • Preterit and past participle of bide.
  • Bidden; commanded.
  • n. A messenger; a herald; one who announces or conveys a message.
  • n. A command; an order.
  • n. An announcement; a message.
  • n. Omen; premonition; augury.
  • n. A foreboding; presentiment.
  • n. A bid; the price offered by a buyer or asked by a seller.
  • n. A stop; delay.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. indicate by signs

Etymologies

Middle English boden, from Old English bodian, to announce; see bheudh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English boden, from Old English bodian ("announce, foretell"), from Proto-Germanic *budōnan (“to proclaim, announce, lere, instruct”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰewdʰ- (“to be awake, perceive fully”). Related to Old English boda ("messenger, forerunner"), Dutch bode ("messenger, harbinger"), German Bote ("messenger"), from Proto-Germanic *budô (“messenger”). See bid. Compare also Old Saxon gibod, German Gebot, Old Norse boð). (Wiktionary)

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