V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: to be a sign of something to come

Synonyms: signify, indicate, forebode, foreshadow, portend


Tips: Bode is derived from the Old English bodian, “to announce or foretell,” formed from boda, “messenger.” Think of a message from the future that indicates what will happen. Bode is often used in conjunction with the word "well"-- something "bodes well" for the future.

Usage Examples:

The positive, long-term future for digital marketing bodes well for companies that provide ad-deployment services. (indicates, portends)

Trends like low interest rates and strong consumer confidence bode well for the future of the economy. (portend, signify)

The progress we have made on this project bodes well for our client's deadline. (indicates)

The recent drop in sales does not bode well for the future of our company. (portend)

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