predict

verb
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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Other Words from predict

predictability \ pri-​ˌdik-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce predictability (audio) \ noun
predictable \ pri-​ˈdik-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce predictable (audio) \ adjective
predictive \ pri-​ˈdik-​tiv How to pronounce predictive (audio) \ adjective
predictively \ pri-​ˈdik-​tiv-​lē How to pronounce predictively (audio) \ adverb
predictor \ pri-​ˈdik-​tər How to pronounce predictor (audio) \ 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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The best way to predict the future is to create it. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "35 Graduation Day Instagram Captions That Will Go Perfect With Your Degree," 22 Mar. 2019 The incredible thing about this discovery is that Le Verrier was able not only to predict the existence of Neptune but also its exact location using nothing but math and observations of Uranus. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Here's What We Know About Planet Nine," 9 Mar. 2019 Achu Health measures your body for unusual temperature spikes unrelated to exercise to predict potential illnesses. Natt Garun, The Verge, "Fitbit OS 3.0 brings more third-party app support, including Couch to 5K," 17 Dec. 2018 The one thing this child had was an ability to predict human reactions. refinery29.com, "How Rae DelBianco Went From Cattle Farmer To Bookstagram Queen To Literary Darling — All By 25," 13 July 2018 So that’s a mechanism that’s difficult to predict overall. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, "Is It Fair for Trump to Bash NATO Over Military Spending?," 12 July 2018 Partisan social identity didn’t seem to predict respondents’ willingness to conform to the views of their party’s members of Congress, however. Benjamin Toff, Washington Post, "How worried are you about an impending trade war? That might depend on what your fellow party members think," 12 July 2018 The trend of rising US output prompted Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, to predict this spring that the US would leapfrog Russia and become the world's largest producer by next year – if not sooner. David Koenig, The Christian Science Monitor, "US expected to surpass Saudi Arabia, Russia as world's top oil producer," 12 July 2018 The trend of rising U.S. output prompted Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, to predict this spring that the U.S. would leapfrog Russia and become the world's largest producer by next year — if not sooner. David Koenig, Anchorage Daily News, "US soon to leapfrog Saudis, Russia as top oil producer," 12 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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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 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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