predict

verb
pre·​dict | \ pri-ˈdikt How to pronounce predict (audio) \
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 How to pronounce predictability (audio) \ noun
predictable \ pri-​ˈdik-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce predictable (audio) \ adjective
predictive \ pri-​ˈdik-​tiv How to pronounce predictive (audio) \ adjective
predictively \ pri-​ˈdik-​tiv-​lē How to pronounce predictively (audio) \ adverb
predictor \ pri-​ˈdik-​tər How to pronounce predictor (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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Recent Examples on the Web

Analysts polled by FactSet predicted earnings per share of $1.63 a share. Tatyana Shumsky, WSJ, "Party City CFO to Leave for Edgewell Personal Care," 28 Feb. 2019 Reichert had predicted 2018 was going to be a rough year for his party. Jim Brunner, The Seattle Times, "Retired Rep. Dave Reichert joins lobbying firm, will work initially on anti-human trafficking project," 14 Jan. 2019 Worse, Mintel’s analysts predict there will be no growth for at least the next five years. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "The absurd quest to make the “best” razor," 11 Dec. 2018 Many analysts, including App Annie and Adobe, predict that Singles Day will sell more than Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined, based off of last year’s numbers. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "The best deals from Alibaba’s Singles Day," 10 Nov. 2018 The 2016 presidential race produced the largest electoral gender gap of all time, and experts have predicted even that spread will be topped in the 2018 midterm elections. Liz Plank, Glamour, "Why Are Men Still Voting Republican?," 31 Oct. 2018 Last year, the research firm had predicted a 22 percent rise in people who have canceled their pay TV service, but have since had to revise that estimate upward. Rani Molla, Recode, "Partnering with Netflix and Hulu hasn’t stopped pay TV providers from losing customers," 24 July 2018 Until the rape accusation surfaced, many draft experts had predicted that Conley would be selected in the middle of the first round. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Could Gareon Conley Legally Prove That Rape Allegation Caused Draft Slide, Financial Harm?," 12 July 2018 The team has predicted what those resonant frequencies should be. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "Inside the Test Chamber for NASA's Astronaut Vehicle Double," 12 July 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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The first known use of predict was in 1590

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More Definitions for predict

predict

verb

English Language Learners Definition of predict

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

predict

verb
pre·​dict | \ pri-ˈdikt How to pronounce predict (audio) \
predicted; predicting

Kids Definition of predict

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

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