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forebode

[fawr-bohd, fohr-] /fɔrˈboʊd, foʊr-/
verb (used with object), foreboded, foreboding.
1.
to foretell or predict; be an omen of; indicate beforehand; portend:
clouds that forebode a storm.
2.
to have a strong inner feeling or notion of (a future misfortune, evil, catastrophe, etc.); have a presentiment of.
verb (used without object), foreboded, foreboding.
3.
to prophesy.
4.
to have a presentiment.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; fore- + bode
Related forms
foreboder, noun
unforeboded, adjective
Can be confused
forbade, forbid, forbidden, forebode (see synonym study at forbid)
Synonyms
1. foreshadow, presage, forecast, augur.
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Examples from the web for forebode
  • The atmosphere seemed to forebode some unusual occurrence.
  • The sheer size and scope of these uncertainties forebode a long-lived adjustment period for firms, markets and the economy.
  • Dorothy came reluctantly, haunted with a forebode of impending griefs.
British Dictionary definitions for forebode

forebode

/fɔːˈbəʊd/
verb
1.
to warn of or indicate (an event, result, etc) in advance
2.
to have an intuition or premonition of (an event)
Derived Forms
foreboder, noun
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Word Origin and History for forebode
v.

"feel a secret premonition," c.1600, from fore- + bode. Related: Foreboded; foreboding. Old English forebodian meant "to announce, declare."

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