predict

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

Definition of predict 

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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

Verb

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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Verb

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

Verb

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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National Weather Service predicts a high near 92 degrees that will drop to 74 by the evening. The Courier-Journal, "5 things to know Friday: Yum Center, Papa John's fallout and more," 13 July 2018 The latest forecast from the US Energy Information Administration predicts that US output will grow next year to 11.8 million barrels a day. David Koenig, The Christian Science Monitor, "US expected to surpass Saudi Arabia, Russia as world's top oil producer," 12 July 2018 The weather service predicts a 30 percent chance of rain Friday, a 40 percent chance Saturday and a 50 percent chance Sunday. Stephen Ruiz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando weather: Hot temperatures remain, along with chance of rain," 12 July 2018 The latest forecast from the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that U.S. output will grow next year to 11.8 million barrels a day. David Koenig, chicagotribune.com, "U.S. soon to surpass Saudis, Russia as top oil producer," 11 July 2018 Absent any zoning changes or dramatic shifts in the Vancouver housing market, the tool predicts that roughly 25 percent of the detached homes in the city will be torn down by 2030. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How teardowns hurt housing affordability, and how to fix it," 11 July 2018 The Wisconsin Department of Transportation predicts the detour will add three to six minutes travel time through the corridor at rush hours. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Drivers be aware: Forest Home and Janesville roads are closing in Hales Corners for three months," 11 July 2018 Chinese buyers will snap up more than three-quarters of all servers designed to scan video footage for faces, predicts IHS Markit, a research firm. Paul Mozur, New York Times, "Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras," 8 July 2018 Glacier Park’s glaciers are melting so fast, the National Park Service predicts they’ll be gone in 12 years. Beth J. Harpaz, sacbee, "Glacier park may outgrow its name in about a dozen years," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of predict

Verb

1590, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for predict

Verb

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 \
predicted; predicting

Kids Definition of predict

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

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