The verb bode suggests forecasting. Something bodes well when the clues or signs imply a favorable outcome. But if something bodes ill, you’d better watch out!

Something might bode good fortune, or it could bode disaster. The word, which can be traced back to the Old English bodian, "to announce, foretell," is also found in the adjective foreboding, which means "ominous, boding ill."

Definitions of bode
  1. verb
    indicate by signs
    “These signs bode bad news”
    synonyms: augur, auspicate, betoken, forecast, foreshadow, foretell, omen, portend, predict, prefigure, presage, prognosticate
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    to be a menacing indication of something:"The clouds threaten rain"
    foretell by divine inspiration
    type of:
    bespeak, betoken, indicate, point, signal
    be a signal for or a symptom of
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