1 [bohd]
verb (used with object), boded, boding.
to be an omen of; portend: The news bodes evil days for him.
Archaic. to announce beforehand; predict.
verb (used without object), boded, boding.
to portend: The news bodes well for him.

before 1000; Middle English boden, Old English bodian to announce, foretell (cognate with Old Norse botha), derivative of boda messenger, cognate with German Bote, Old Norse bothi Unabridged


2 [bohd]
a simple past tense of bide. Unabridged
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bode1 (bəʊd)
1.  to be an omen of (good or ill, esp of ill); portend; presage
2.  archaic (tr) to predict; foretell
[Old English bodian; related to Old Norse botha to proclaim, Old Frisian bodia to invite]
n, —adj

bode2 (bəʊd)
the past tense of bide

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Word Origin & History

O.E. bodian "proclaim, announce; foretell," from boda "messenger," probably from P.Gmc. *budon- (cf. O.S. gibod, Ger. gebot, O.N. boð), from PIE *bheudh- "be aware, make aware" (cf. bid). As a shortened form of forebode (usually evil), it dates from 1740.
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Example sentences
Taken together, this bodes ill for the world's second-largest economy.
But his apparent willingness to confront vested interests in his party bodes
  well for his leadership.
The question now is whether her sacking bodes ill for the implementation of
Yet the government's perceived lack of concern for the misery of the displaced
  bodes ill for reconciliation.
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