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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The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons predicts that by 2030 total knee replacement surgeries will grow by a stunning 673 percent, with 3.5 million procedures per year. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Bionic Knee Replacements Are Powered By Your Walk," 30 Jan. 2019 Breuchaud predicts this year will bring dramatic, elongated eyeshadows in traditional liner shapes to the forefront. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Beyoncé's Makeup Artist Says These Will Be the Coolest Makeup Trends of 2019," 23 Jan. 2019 AccuWeather predicts another massive winter storm will hit the Midwest and East Coast this weekend. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "A Huge Snowstorm With Single-Digit Temperatures Will Hit the Country This Weekend," 14 Jan. 2019 Brandon Arvay predicts paid Facebook group memberships. Casey Newton, The Verge, "22 predictions for social media in 2019," 15 Dec. 2018 In 2019, Nameberry—the preferred baby name–brainstorming site of chic parents—predicts some of the trendiest baby names in the land will be inspired by rare gems like Amethyst, Peridot, Sapphire, and Topaz. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "The Most Popular Baby Names of 2019? Think Rare Gems!," 11 Dec. 2018 Germanium, an element predicted by Mendeleev that was discovered in 1886, is absent. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "World's Oldest Periodic Table Found in Storage," 18 Jan. 2019 To say the Petra and Aneska had a fraught relationship after that is an understatement, but no one could have predicted that Petra, in a flash of rage and fear, would murder Aneska, then lie about it to her new lover and lawyer, JR. Maria Tallarico, Glamour, "9 Jane the Virgin Fan Theories That Will Keep You Up at Night," 11 Jan. 2019 While the first two seasons premiered during the summer, Bateman's comments on Ellen Degeneres's talk show about taking a break have some fans predicting a delay for season three. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Ozark Season 3: Everything We Know So Far," 6 Jan. 2019

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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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