verb (used with or without object), va·tic·i·nat·ed, va·tic·i·nat·ing.

to prophesy.

Nearby words

  1. vatican ii,
  2. vatican swindle, the,
  3. vaticanism,
  4. vaticide,
  5. vaticinal,
  6. vaticination,
  7. vatman,
  8. vatnajökull national park,
  9. vattel,
  10. vatting

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 formsva·tic·i·na·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vaticinate

  • 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
  • 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
  • I vaticinate what will be the upshot of all his schemes of reform.

    Crotchet Castle|Thomas Love Peacock

British Dictionary definitions for vaticinate



rare to foretell; prophesy
Derived Formsvaticination (ˌvætɪsɪˈneɪʃən), nounvaticinator, nounvaticinal (vəˈtɪsɪnəl) or vaticinatory, adjective

Word Origin for vaticinate

C17: from Latin vāticinārī from vātēs prophet + canere to foretell

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