- 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 predicting
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But more importantly, Wang is the only one predicting Democrats will win.Why Is Nate Silver So Afraid of Sam Wang?
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So this war could end up being the disaster critics are predicting.Obama’s Iraq Is Not Bush’s Iraq
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And in North Korea, predicting low fronts brings with it similarly high stakes.Kim Jong-un Wants a New Doppler 2000
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Before this had happened twice, all the town was talking about it, and predicting evil.Heather and Snow
I must say she seems better at reading the past than predicting the future.Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer
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You need no longer laugh at me for predicting your fate in San Francisco.The Crusade of the Excelsior
The other went on lecturing her, predicting they would end in the workhouse.Madame Bovary
And yet this friend ended like the rest in predicting defeat.The Light of the Star
- (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 predicting
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