[ vuh-tis-uh-neyt ]
/ vəˈtɪs əˌneɪt /

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

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


va·tic·i·na·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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

/ (vəˈtɪsɪˌneɪt) /


rare to foretell; prophesy

Derived forms of vaticinate

vaticination (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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