- to indicate beforehand; portend; foretell; predict (esp. something bad or harmful)
- to have a presentiment of (something bad or harmful)
Origin of forebodeOld English forebodian: see fore- and amp; bided
verbfore·bod·ed, fore·bod·ing, fore·bodes
- To indicate the likelihood of; portend: harsh words that foreboded estrangement.
- To have a premonition of (a future misfortune).
(third-person singular simple present forebodes, present participle foreboding, simple past and past participle foreboded)
- To predict a future event; to hint at something that will happen (especially as a literary device).
- 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.