Meaning of bude in English:


Pronunciation /buːd/


  • 1With a person or thing as subject and bare or to -infinitive. Was necessitated or obliged; should, must (with both deontic and epistemic force).

  • 2With bare or (now usually) to -infinitive. With present or future reference. Is necessitated to; is destined to; shall.


Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). Originally a contracted variant of behoved, 3rd singular past indicative of behove; subsequently sometimes reinterpreted as a stem form showing invariant present and past forms.