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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predictor \ pri-​ˈdik-​tər How to pronounce predictor (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web But this technology is proving to be dramatically more difficult than utopian tech barons have predicted. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "The real potential of the electric vehicle revolution," 17 Feb. 2020 Stress and acrimony have been building in recent weeks, with political insiders predicting Republicans could walk out later this week as Senate Bill 1530 advances. oregonlive, "Oregon Capitol is on edge as threat of Republican walkout looms," 17 Feb. 2020 Financial experts have been predicting another recession for years, and about three-quarters of Americans (74%) think they’d be personally impacted if one occurred in 2020, according to a recent NerdWallet survey. cleveland, "How to combat recession fears in 2020," 16 Feb. 2020 Nor has the arrival of bigger buildings along major streets brought the uproar that opponents predicted. John King,, "Berkeley tries on a new movement: the quest to create housing," 16 Feb. 2020 With only milliseconds between safety and disaster, the system senses that the human in the driver's seat isn't hitting the brakes, and predicts a collision, with warning sounds and flashing visuals. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Some of the Best Self-Driving Safety Tech Is in… a Subaru?," 15 Feb. 2020 Flower business booms during Valentine's season: Of the millions of Americans predicted to spend $24.7 billion on Valentine's Day gifts this year, about 37% of them will buy flowers. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "What happens to the Valentine's Day flowers that don't get sold?," 15 Feb. 2020 Those numbers are only expected to grow: The United Nations predicts that the global population will reach nearly 10 billion by 2050. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "This group says we need fewer humans. It's giving out condoms featuring endangered animals.," 14 Feb. 2020 Alabama baseball finished last in the SEC West last season, and that is where the league’s coaches predicted the Crimson Tide will place again this spring. Mike Rodak |, al, "Alabama baseball opens season picked to finish last in SEC," 14 Feb. 2020

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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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20 Feb 2020

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“Predict.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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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 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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