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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bode, portend, auspicate, prognosticate, omen, presage, betoken, foreshadow, augur, foretell, prefigure, forecast, predictverb

    indicate by signs

    "These signs bode bad news"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To BODEverb

    To portend; to be the omen of. It is used in a sense of either good or bad.

    Etymology: bodian, Sax.

    This bodes some strange eruption to our state. Hamlet.

    By this design, you have opposed their false policy, with true and great wisdom; what they boded would be a mischief to us, you are providing, shall be one of our principal strengths. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.

    It happen’d once, a boding prodigy!
    A swarm of bees that cut the liquid sky,
    Upon the topmost branch in clouds alight. John Dryden, Æneid.

    If firy red his glowing globe descends,
    High winds and furious tempests he portends:
    But if his cheeks are swoln with livid blue,
    He bodes wet weather by his watry hue. John Dryden, Georg.

  2. To Bodeverb

    To be an omen; to foreshew.

    Sir, give me leave to say, whatever now
    The omen prove, it boded well to you. John Dryden, Aurengz.


  1. bode

    Bode is usually referred to in the context of engineering and physics as Bode Plot or Bode Diagram. It is a graphical representation used in control system engineering to determine the performance or response of a system. Named after Hendrik Wade Bode, it displays the magnitude and phase of a system's frequency response, i.e., it shows the system’s output response (in dB) over a range of frequencies, and the phase shift (in degrees). It is commonly used in electrical engineering and control theory.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bodeverb

    to indicate by signs, as future events; to be the omen of; to portend to presage; to foreshow

  2. Bodeverb

    to foreshow something; to augur

  3. Bodenoun

    an omen; a foreshadowing

  4. Bodenoun

    a bid; an offer

  5. Bodeverb

    a messenger; a herald

  6. Bodenoun

    a stop; a halting; delay

  7. Bode


  8. Bode

    bid or bidden


  1. Bode

    Bode is a city in Humboldt County, Iowa, United States. The population was 302 at the 2010 census.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bode

    bōd, v.t. to portend or prophesy.—v.i. to be an omen: to foreshow.—adj. Bode′ful, boding, ominous.—n. Bode′ment, an omen, presentiment.—pr.p. Bod′ing, presaging.—n. an omen or portent. [A.S. bodian, to announce—bod, a message; allied to Bid.]

  2. Bode

    bōd (Spens.). Same as Abode.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BODE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bode is ranked #5919 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bode surname appeared 5,824 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Bode.

    92.9% or 5,415 total occurrences were White.
    3.7% or 218 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 84 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.1% or 64 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.6% or 37 total occurrences were Black.
    0.1% or 6 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bode in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bode in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of bode in a Sentence

  1. Mike Cramer:

    It doesn't bode well for that newspaper continuing. In fact, if they continue and gut the sports department ... I'm not sure why one would bother to buy it at the newsstand or as a business.

  2. Picabo Street:

    We might have seen the last of Bode, i think we've seen Bode Miller race for the last time. You know what ? He was putting a beautiful run together and he did it in typical Bode style.

  3. Sami Alfaraj:

    The conspiracy theorists of old have been proven right. The U.S. creates threats for us and then offers us more weapons systems. That does not bode well for us.

  4. Olivier Jakob:

    The Sea King is part of the reason Brent is sinking, this is not a usual move and does not bode well for North Sea crude oil that has been relying on shipments to Asia to clear the overhang that was visible during June.

  5. Luis Limlingan:

    Having more presence outside the Philippines would bode well for the company...they can tap more Koreans, Chinese and Japanese.

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    showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth
    • A. profound
    • B. frantic
    • C. suspicious
    • D. occasional

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