pre·​dict | \pri-ˈdikt \
predicted; predicting; predicts

Definition of predict 

transitive verb

: to declare or indicate in advance especially : foretell on the basis of observation, experience, or scientific reason

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Other Words from predict

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

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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

Examples of predict in a Sentence

All the local forecasters are predicting rain for this afternoon. She claims that she can predict future events. It's hard to predict how the election will turn out. Many people predicted that the store would fail, but it has done very well. Sales are predicted to be the same as last year.
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And while today, online grocery store sales only make up 2 to 4.3 percent of the market, the Food Marketing Institute predicts that online grocery sales will reach $100 billion by 2022, or about 20 percent of the grocery retail market. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "The first self-driving car you use will most likely carry your groceries, not you," 30 Nov. 2018 An article from Noisey predicts A Star Is Born will cement Gaga's position as an all-time Hollywood great. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lady Gaga Didn't Need A Star Is Born to Be Taken Seriously," 28 Sep. 2018 But a computer simulation known as the European model predicts some places could get 45 inches. Seth Borenstein, Fox News, "'Not a pretty sight': Hurricane Florence has experts worried," 12 Sep. 2018 The publication predicts the Wolverines will finish second in the Big Ten East, behind Ohio State, and the Spartans will finish fourth, behind OSU, U-M and Penn State. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan over MSU in Big Ten but Ohio State champ, per Sporting News," 10 July 2018 There is a limit as to what an algorithm can do in terms of predicting the future. Joe Flint, WSJ, "At Netflix, Who Wins When It’s Hollywood vs. the Algorithm?," 10 Nov. 2018 Scientists have a miserable record of predicting where and when earthquakes will strike. Cade Metz, The Seattle Times, "The next Big One? Earthquake scientists look to AI.," 26 Oct. 2018 That's a tough message to push at a time when even Republican campaign professionals publicly and privately acknowledge that conventional metrics for predicting election outcomes favor Democrats. Steve Peoples, Fox News, "Overconfident? Dem optimism surges as midterms approach," 22 Sep. 2018 By the end of the first hour, the source of its drama had switched from wondering what the academy might have done right to predicting what would go wrong next. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Netflix finally beats HBO in Primetime Emmy wins at this year’s awards," 18 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of predict

1590, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for predict

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

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English Language Learners Definition of predict

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


pre·​dict | \pri-ˈdikt \
predicted; predicting

Kids Definition of predict

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

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