[ prog-nos-ti-keyt ]
/ prɒgˈnɒs tɪˌkeɪt /

verb (used with object), prog·nos·ti·cat·ed, prog·nos·ti·cat·ing.

to forecast or predict (something future) from present indications or signs; prophesy.
to foretoken; presage: birds prognosticating spring.

verb (used without object), prog·nos·ti·cat·ed, prog·nos·ti·cat·ing.

to make a forecast; prophesy.

Origin of prognosticate

1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin prognōsticātus, past participle of prognōsticāre. See prognostic, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM prognosticate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for prognosticator

British Dictionary definitions for prognosticator

/ (prɒɡˈnɒstɪˌkeɪt) /


to foretell (future events) according to present signs or indications; prophesy
(tr) to foreshadow or portend

Derived forms of prognosticate

prognostication, nounprognosticative, adjectiveprognosticator, noun

Word Origin for prognosticate

C16: from Medieval Latin prognōsticāre to predict
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for prognosticator

[ prŏg-nŏstĭ-kāt′ ]


To predict according to present indications or signs; foretell.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.