forbode

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English forbode, forbod, from Old English forbod (a forbidding, prohibition), from Proto-Germanic *furbudą (prohibition), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰewdʰ- (to be awake, fully perceive). Cognate with Dutch verbod, German Verbot, Danish forbud, Swedish förbud. More at forbid.

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Noun[edit]

forbode (plural forbodes)

  1. A forbidding, prohibition.
  2. A command forbidding a thing.
    God's/The Lord's forbode

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English, from Old English forbēad/forbudon, past tense forms of forbēodan (to forbid). More at forbid.

Verb[edit]

forbode

  1. obsolete simple past tense of forbid.

Etymology 3[edit]

From Middle English foreboden, from Old English forebodian (to announce, declare), equivalent to fore- +‎ bode.

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Verb[edit]

forbode (third-person singular simple present forbodes, present participle forboding, simple past and past participle forboded)

  1. To portend or foretell, especially of ill; to serve as a sign or ill omen.
    The dark clouds forbode of fierce storms.
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