verb pre·dict \pri-ˈdikt\

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

Full Definition of PREDICT

transitive verb
:  to declare or indicate in advance; especially :  foretell on the basis of observation, experience, or scientific reason
intransitive verb
:  to make a prediction
pre·dict·abil·i·ty \-ˌdik-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
pre·dict·able \-ˈdik-tə-bəl\ adjective
pre·dic·tive \-ˈdik-tiv\ adjective
pre·dic·tive·ly \-lē\ adverb
pre·dic·tor \-ˈdik-tər\ noun

Examples of PREDICT

  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


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