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 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 The state analyzes multiple models to try to predict hospitalizations and deaths. Adam Beam, Star Tribune, "California now reporting 525 virus deaths every day," 15 Jan. 2021 While the number of daily new coronavirus cases appears to be leveling off, public health experts warn the counts could be affected by underreporting due to the holidays and instead predict January could be a difficult month. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Watch Live: Joe Biden delivers remarks on the coronavirus crisis as states brace for post-holiday surge," 29 Dec. 2020 On days when DeWine’s briefings take place, the trio keeps up with the news and does research to try to predict what will be discussed. Hannah Drown, cleveland, "Meet popular sign language interpreters from Gov. Mike DeWine’s coronavirus news conferences (video)," 24 Dec. 2020 The state uses multiple models to try to predict hospitalizations. Brian Melley, ajc, "COVID-19 models plot dire scenarios for California hospitals," 18 Dec. 2020 In recent weeks, many Democrats had begun to predict that their Party was on the cusp of a landslide. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "What Happened to the Down-Ballot Blue Wave?," 5 Nov. 2020 Floyd had more than 30,000 ballots cast in early and absentee ballots, leading County Clerk Danita Burks to predict many unofficial totals wouldn't be available until sometime early Wednesday. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "U.S. Rep. Trey Hollingsworth rolls to victory amid GOP wave in Southern Indiana elections," 4 Nov. 2020 Teams of scientists have worked on every aspect for decades to try to predict the performance of ITER. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Smaller, more efficient tokamak could follow in ITER’s fusion footsteps," 27 Oct. 2020 In principle, this type of analysis allows astronomers to predict which parts of the observations are noise and which are real signals. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "Promising sign of life on Venus might not exist after all," 23 Oct. 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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23 Jan 2021

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“Predict.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce predict (audio)

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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