forebode Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb make a prediction about; tell in advance
    predict; anticipate; foretell; call; promise; prognosticate.
    • Call the outcome of an election


Fore*bode" transitive verb
AS. forebodian; fore + bodian to announce. See Bode v. t.
imperfect & past participle Foreboded; present participle & verbal noun Foreboding
  1. To foretell.
  2. To be prescient of (some ill or misfortune); to have an inward conviction of, as of a calamity which is about to happen; to augur despondingly.
    His heart forebodes a mystery. Tennyson.
    Sullen, desponding, and foreboding nothing but wars and desolation, as the certain consequence of Cæsar's death. Middleton.
    I have a sort of foreboding about him. H. James.
    Syn. -- To foretell; predict; prognosticate; augur; presage; portend; betoken.
Fore*bode" intransitive verb
  1. To fortell; to presage; to augur.
    If I forebode aright. Hawthorne.
Fore*bode" noun
  1. Prognostication; presage. Obs.

Webster 1913