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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Forecasters predicted temperatures in the high 80s by Wednesday. Ramona Sentinel, "Town sizzles through record-breaking heat," 11 July 2018 Moore, remember, was the rare person who predicted Trump’s victory in states like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. Rebecca Keegan, HWD, "Documentaries Just Might Solve Everything," 29 June 2018 His administration was praised for bringing security to broad swaths of Colombia, which experts had predicted would become a failed state. Steven Cohen, The New Republic, "Why Colombia Keeps Electing Presidents Tied to Murderers," 18 June 2018 Georgetown University neuroscientist Norberto Grzywacz can predict the popularity of a pop song without ever listening to it. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Science of Music," 15 June 2018 The theory behind predicting impairment appears to be that users who get flagged could be tracked to specific drivers who have completed special training to handle the situation. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "One of Uber’s Recent Tech Ideas Makes Us a Little Nervous," 12 June 2018 The window to take advantage of the first program is a full year, and without any sense of how many employees might take advantage of it or how soon, officials at this point can’t predict what savings might be realized for the upcoming budget year. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "New taxes, job cuts possible as Orland Park officials tackle budget gap," 8 June 2018 Afterwards, the scoreboard at Minute Maid Park showed Astros 3, Tigers 0, predictable in outcome, but closer than many would have predicted. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Tigers' growing pains aren't easy but Gardenhire is proud of fight," 14 July 2018 Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan have been pragmatists on the Court, as anyone who watched their confirmation hearings would have predicted. Jeffrey Rosen, WSJ, "What We Learn from Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings," 13 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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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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