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to be an omen of; portend:
The news bodes evil days for him.
Archaic. to announce beforehand; predict.
to portend:
The news bodes well for him.
a simple past tense of bide.
Historical Examples

The Glaciers of the Alps John Tyndall
Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
From School to Battle-field Charles King
The Argonauts of North Liberty Bret Harte
The Rival Pitchers Lester Chadwick
Tony Butler Charles James Lever
Alonzo and Melissa Daniel Jackson, Jr.
Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
Leaves from a Field Note-Book J. H. Morgan
My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass

to be an omen of (good or ill, esp of ill); portend; presage
(transitive) (archaic) to predict; foretell
the past tense of bide


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