American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To indicate the likelihood of; portend: harsh words that foreboded estrangement.
- v. To have a premonition of (a future misfortune).
- v. To prophesy or predict.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bode or announce beforehand; prognosticate; presage, especially something unfortunate or undesirable: as, the public temper forebodes war; the clouds forebode rain.
- To foresee; be prescient of; feel a secret premonition of, especially of something evil.
- Synonyms Predict, Presage, etc. (see foretell); to augur, portend, betoken, foreshadow, be ominous of.
- To prophesy; presage.
- n. Presage; prognostication.
- v. To predict a future event; to hint at something that will happen (especially as a literary device).
- n. obsolete prognostication; presage
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To foretell.
- v. To be prescient of (some ill or misfortune); to have an inward conviction of, as of a calamity which is about to happen; to augur despondingly.
- v. To foretell; to presage; to augur.
- n. obsolete Prognostication; presage.
- v. make a prediction about; tell in advance
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“Who is Pan and what exactly does his name forebode?”
“Instead, the building forebode claustrophobia and sadness.”
“Whether I shall ever be better I cannot tell; I awfully forebode I shall not.”
“The replacement of Mottaki by Salehi could forebode changes in Iran's foreign policy, said the Ayandeh Web site, which is close to former intelligence officials.”
“This just shows certain resentment in the party for Obama, and could forebode him having trouble keeping discipline in the ranks.”
“The current crop of appointments forebode a continuation ofNeo-con imperialism with Neo-Lib trimmings.”
“No, I am not suggesting that America's anxieties forebode an authoritarian future.”
“Anc when day broke he sat expecting his son and waited till noon, but he came not; whereat his heart forebode separation and was fired with fears for Kamar al-Zaman; and he cried, “Alas! my son!” and he wept till his clothes were drenched with tears, and repeated with a beating heart,”
“King fell sick and his fluttering heart forebode him of translation to the Mansion of Eternity.”
“This may work for now but it does not forebode well for the next generations.”
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