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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Those warmer temperatures lead to a number of knock-on effects, including making water levels hard to predict and melting permafrost on land areas. Alex Knapp, Forbes, 13 Aug. 2022 Authorities predict that levels at Kaub will soon dip below 40 centimeters (16 inches), seen as a benchmark, and keep falling over the weekend. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 12 Aug. 2022 Forecasters predict heavy rain for portions of Texas regardless of development. Joe Mario Pedersen, Orlando Sentinel, 12 Aug. 2022 Temporary redness and irritation at the site of your injection are pretty common, but the other side effects are harder to predict and distinct to the medication. Kate Watson, Allure, 4 July 2022 How does your model help predict and track new variants? Sara Reardon, Scientific American, 28 June 2022 In recent years, there’s been a flurry of technology and research attempting to help governments better predict and respond to disasters like floods, tsunamis and earthquakes. Pranshu Verma, Washington Post, 24 June 2022 The need for aggressive Bank of Canada rate increases to tame inflation has prompted analysts to predict a sharp slowdown in economic growth starting in the second half of this year, and to warn of heightened risks of a recession. Paul Vieira, WSJ, 22 June 2022 Experts say having a greater frequency of reliable data can help predict and plan for future extreme weather events, mitigating their impact on human life. Wanjohi Kabukuru, ajc, 6 June 2022 See More

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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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“Predict.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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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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