[ pri-dikt ]
/ prɪˈdɪkt /
verb (used with object)
to declare or tell in advance; prophesy; foretell: to predict the weather; to predict the fall of a civilization.
verb (used without object)
to foretell the future; make a prediction.
Origin of predict
SYNONYMS FOR predict
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.
pre·dict·a·ble, adjectivepre·dict·a·bil·i·ty, nounmis·pre·dict, verbun·pre·dict·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mispredict
/ (prɪˈdɪkt) /
(tr; may take a clause as object) to state or make a declaration about in advance, esp on a reasoned basis; foretell
Derived Formspredictable, adjectivepredictability or predictableness, nounpredictably, adverb
Word Origin for predict
C17: from Latin praedīcere to mention beforehand, from prae before + dīcere to say
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