- to forecast or predict (something future) from present indications or signs; prophesy.
- to foretoken; presage: birds prognosticating spring.
- to make a forecast; prophesy.
Origin of prognosticate
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Examples from the Web for prognosticate
Of the mineral wealth, it seems as yet dangerous to prognosticate.South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 1 (of 6)
A stir seemed to her to prognosticate a rescue and she went not unwillingly.The Tragic Comedians, Complete
Nevertheless, reasoning a priori, there are some features we may prognosticate.Wanderings in Ireland
Michael Myers Shoemaker
Some of these consequences I can prognosticate; others I can hope for.The History of Rome, Books 37 to the End
Is this to prognosticate peace, or to mock at my unhappiness?Frankenstein
- to foretell (future events) according to present signs or indications; prophesy
- (tr) to foreshadow or portend
Word Origin and History for prognosticate
early 15c., a back-formation from prognostication and also from Medieval Latin prognosticatus, past participle of prognosticare (see prognostication). Related: Prognosticated; prognosticating.
- To predict according to present indications or signs; foretell.