predict

verb
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

Choose the Right Synonym for predict

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

On Groundhog's Day, the fortune-telling rodent predicted an early spring, but winter certainly doesn't seem to be winding down, according to this week's harsh forecast. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Brace Yourselves: The Entire Country Will be Hit by a Brutal Winter Storm This Week," 12 Feb. 2019 Hood even predicted the Surface lineup would grow an additional 20 percent during the current calendar quarter—a sign of extreme confidence in how Surface is doing right now. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Surface sales soar to nearly $2 billion, though chip shortages are hurting," 31 Jan. 2019 People are predicting on Twitter that the rapper, who is performing at this year's Half Time show with Maroon 5 and Big Boi, will pop the question to his beauty mogul girlfriend during the big game. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everyone's Convinced Travis Scott Will Propose to Kylie Jenner at the Super Bowl," 30 Jan. 2019 Scientists predicted that this temperature would precipitate a coral die-off in the Great Barrier Reef later this year. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "A Single Heat Wave Killed One Third of Spectacled Fruit Bats in Australia," 18 Jan. 2019 Several times in 2016, CEO Elon Musk predicted that the technology would be ready in about two years. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "The hype around driverless cars came crashing down in 2018," 30 Dec. 2018 While Kensington Palace has yet to release a specific due date, royal reporters are predicting the baby could come as early as late March. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore a Navy Blue Coat for Christmas Day Church Services," 25 Dec. 2018 In March, the restaurant consultancy Technomic predicted that the chicken chain, best known for Christian values and also chicken, would rank third by 2020, but this year’s sales suggest the reign of Chick-fil-A is here even sooner than anticipated. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "The controversial conservative chain is poised to become the third-largest fast-food brand in the US this year.," 20 Dec. 2018 Ahead, the top 10 predicted fitness trends for 2019, according to the pros. 1. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "The Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2019, According to Fitness Pros," 1 Nov. 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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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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