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

predictor \ pri-​ˈdik-​tər How to pronounce predict (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 Two new forecasts predict a decrease in both cases and hospitalization in the next few weeks. oregonlive, 18 Sep. 2021 With no plans from Congress to pass additional relief measures, some predict the need for charitable support will outpace last year's demand. Romina Ruiz-goiriena, USA TODAY, 18 Sep. 2021 Some employers predict that the expiration of federal unemployment benefits could soon drive more people back to the workforce despite virus fears, a lack of child care, low wages or other factors that have kept them at home. Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2021 But new forecasts from Deloitte, Bain & Company and Mastercard predict a huge sales boom in the coming months, the most important time of the year for retailers. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 16 Sep. 2021 Researchers at local universities predict the area could exceed 1,000 COVID-19 cases per day by early next week, if transmission says at the current level. Julie Washington, cleveland, 15 Sep. 2021 Myopia will likely play a big part in that—some experts predict 5 billion people worldwide will have myopia by 2050, which would put even bigger demands on contacts to be able to address strong prescriptions and astigmatism. Alexandra Ossola, Quartz, 15 Sep. 2021 Gomperts and others predict that the number of abortions in Texas will not decline. Samantha Schmidt, Sammy Westfall, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Sep. 2021 Meteorologists with the National Weather Service predict the thunderstorms will likely occur between 6 p.m. and midnight, particularly in areas north and west of Indianapolis. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Sep. 2021

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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 Sep 2021

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“Predict.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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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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