- to declare or tell in advance; prophesy; foretell: to predict the weather; to predict the fall of a civilization.
- to foretell the future; make a prediction.
Origin of predict
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1, 2. presage, divine, augur, project, prognosticate, portend. Predict, prophesy, foresee, forecast mean to know or tell (usually correctly) beforehand what will happen. To predict is usually to foretell with precision of calculation, knowledge, or shrewd inference from facts or experience: The astronomers can predict an eclipse; it may, however, be used without the implication of underlying knowledge or expertise: I predict she'll be a success at the party. Prophesy usually means to predict future events by the aid of divine or supernatural inspiration: Merlin prophesied the two knights would meet in conflict; this verb, too, may be used in a more general, less specific sense. I prophesy he'll be back in the old job. To foresee refers specifically not to the uttering of predictions but to the mental act of seeing ahead; there is often (but not always) a practical implication of preparing for what will happen: He was clever enough to foresee this shortage of materials. Forecast has much the same meaning as predict; it is used today particularly of the weather and other phenomena that cannot easily be accurately predicted: Rain and snow are forecast for tonight. Economists forecast a rise in family income.
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Examples from the Web for predict
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They predict the government of President Petro Poroshenko may not last another three months.Ukraine Militias Warn of Anti-Kiev Coup
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Experts [predict] that over a million people in the region need food aid to allay shortages.Liberia’s Ebola Famine
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Zuckerberg himself has bragged that he is able to predict which site members will hook up with whom based on their site activity.How Four Upstarts Built and Crashed the Anti-Facebook
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I ventured to predict that success awaited him in the rubber business.
The mind that grows could not predict the times, the means, the mode of that spontaneity.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
What doom or what disaster did this storm typify and predict?The Christian
It is easy to predict that the day will come when there will be need of each of these manouvres.On Horsemanship
So I forbore to predict what would be his ultimate form of beauty.
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to state or make a declaration about in advance, esp on a reasoned basis; foretell
C17: from Latin praedīcere to mention beforehand, from prae before + dīcere to say
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Word Origin and History for predict
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