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verb pre·dict \pri-ˈdikt\

Simple Definition of predict

  • : to say that (something) will or might happen in the future

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of predict

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to declare or indicate in advance; especially :  foretell on the basis of observation, experience, or scientific reason

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to make a prediction

predictability play \-ˌdik-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
predictable play \-ˈdik-tə-bəl\ adjective
predictive play \-ˈdik-tiv\ adjective
predictively play \-lē\ adverb
predictor play \-ˈdik-tər\ noun

Examples of predict in a sentence

  1. All the local forecasters are predicting rain for this afternoon.

  2. She claims that she can predict future events.

  3. It's hard to predict how the election will turn out.

  4. Many people predicted that the store would fail, but it has done very well.

  5. Sales are predicted to be the same as last year.

Origin of predict

Latin praedictus, past participle of praedicere, from prae- pre- + dicere to say — more at diction

First Known Use: 1609

Synonym Discussion of predict

foretell, predict, forecast, prophesy, prognosticate mean to tell beforehand. foretell applies to the telling of the coming of a future event by any procedure or any source of information <seers foretold the calamity>. predict commonly implies inference from facts or accepted laws of nature <astronomers predicted an eclipse>. forecast adds the implication of anticipating eventualities and differs from predict in being usually concerned with probabilities rather than certainties <forecast snow>. prophesy connotes inspired or mystic knowledge of the future especially as the fulfilling of divine threats or promises <prophesying a new messiah>. prognosticate is used less often than the other words; it may suggest learned or skilled interpretation, but more often it is simply a colorful substitute for predict or prophesy <prognosticating the future>.

PREDICT Defined for Kids


verb pre·dict \pri-ˈdikt\

Definition of predict for Students


  1. :  to say that (something) will or might happen in the future <predict the weather>

Word Root of predict

The Latin word dicere, meaning “to say” or “to speak,” and its form dictus give us the root dict. Words from the Latin dicere have something to do with saying or speaking. To dictate is to say words that are to be written down by someone else. To contradict is to say the opposite of what someone else has said. To predict is to say what will happen before it does.

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