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[vuh-tis-uh-neyt] /vəˈtɪs əˌneɪt/
verb (used with or without object), vaticinated, vaticinating.
to prophesy.
Origin of vaticinate
1615-25; < Latin vāticinātus (past participle of vaticinārī to prophesy), equivalent to vāti- (stem of vātēs seer) + -cin- (combining form of canere to sing, prophesy) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
vaticinator, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for vaticinate
Historical Examples
  • I vaticinate what will be the upshot of all his schemes of reform.

    Crotchet Castle Thomas Love Peacock
  • You see I've already become the Homer of your triumphs, and vaticinate in rhyme.

    Eric Frederic William Farrar
  • Which that it will certainly happen if you do not prevent it by your votes, I most confidently predict and vaticinate.

    The Casual Ward A. D. Godley
  • What the end might be he could not pretend to vaticinate, but "El Pretendiente" would never reign in Madrid.

    Romantic Spain John Augustus O'Shea
British Dictionary definitions for vaticinate


(rare) to foretell; prophesy
Derived Forms
vaticination (ˌvætɪsɪˈneɪʃən) noun
vaticinator, noun
vaticinal (vəˈtɪsɪnəl), vaticinatory, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vāticinārī from vātēs prophet + canere to foretell
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