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 predictor (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 For the first time ever, the U.S. Energy Information Agency projects the U.S. will get more of its electricity from renewable sources than coal this year; experts now predict that the coal industry may never recover. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "How Democrats Can Win Coal Country—and the 2020 Election," 19 May 2020 To finally see yourself on the screen, to have the picture match up with reality for a change––you can’t predict that kind of relief. Eric Kim, Bon Appétit, "This Korean Cooking Facebook Group Makes Me Feel Less Alone," 14 May 2020 Here’s something even more alarming: A study from Oxford University professor Klim McPherson, who is also chair of the UK's National Heart Forum, predicts that eight out of 10 men and almost seven in 10 women will be overweight or obese this year., "Dominique Yates: 2 moments made me stop accepting I was overweight. My yearlong journey to health," 13 May 2020 In the fine-dining sector, Hill predicts that private dining rooms may see a resurgence, and decor (such as plants and art) may increase to act as barriers between tables and people. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, "What to Expect When Restaurants Reopen—and How to Stay Safe If You Dine Out," 12 May 2020 Large banks, with their strong share of retail deposits, brand recall, and bigger branch network, will benefit, predicts Mandora. Prathamesh Mulye, Quartz India, "India’s smaller banks are fast losing their deposits to bigger rivals," 10 May 2020 If the weather forecast pans out as predicted, the storms could produce hail, heavy winds, flooding and, potentially, more tornadoes. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "At Least 6 Dead as Severe Storms Continue to Tear Through Southern States," 23 Apr. 2020 The World Travel and Tourism Council, which represents the global private sector of Travel & Tourism, predicts up to 50 million jobs in the global travel industry could be lost. Cihan Cobanoglu, The Conversation, "Global tourism industry may shrink by more than 50% due to the pandemic," 21 Apr. 2020 The Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project team predicts an above-average Atlantic hurricane season. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, "2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Fast Facts," 11 May 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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28 May 2020

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“Predict.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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