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verb (used with object)
  1. to declare or tell in advance; prophesy; foretell: to predict the weather; to predict the fall of a civilization.
verb (used without object)
  1. to foretell the future; make a prediction.

Origin of predict

1540–50; < Latin praedictus, past participle of praedīcere to foretell, equivalent to prae- pre- + dic-, variant stem of dīcere to say + -tus past participle suffix; see dictum
Related formspre·dict·a·ble, adjectivepre·dict·a·bil·i·ty, nounmis·pre·dict, verbun·pre·dict·ed, adjectiveun·pre·dict·ing, adjective

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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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of predicting

Historical Examples of predicting

  • Before this had happened twice, all the town was talking about it, and predicting evil.

    Heather and Snow

    George MacDonald

  • I must say she seems better at reading the past than predicting the future.

    Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer

    Jessie Graham Flower

  • You need no longer laugh at me for predicting your fate in San Francisco.

  • The other went on lecturing her, predicting they would end in the workhouse.

    Madame Bovary

    Gustave Flaubert

  • And yet this friend ended like the rest in predicting defeat.

    The Light of the Star

    Hamlin Garland

British Dictionary definitions for predicting


  1. (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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Word Origin and History for predicting



1620s (implied in predicted), "foretell, prophesy," a back formation from prediction or else from Latin praedicatus, past participle of praedicere "foretell, advise, give notice," from prae "before" (see pre-) + dicere "to say" (see diction). Related: Predicted; predicting.

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