AskDefine | Define forebode

Dictionary Definition

forebode v : make a prediction about; tell in advance; "Call the outcome of an election" [syn: predict, foretell, prognosticate, call, anticipate, promise]

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  1. To predict a future event; to hint at something that will happen (especially as a literary device.)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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