prediction

noun
pre·​dic·​tion | \ pri-ˈdik-shən How to pronounce prediction (audio) \

Definition of prediction

1 : an act of predicting
2 : something that is predicted : forecast

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Examples of prediction in a Sentence

Journalists have begun making predictions about the winner of the coming election. Despite predictions that the store would fail, it has done very well. The figures and statistics are used for the prediction of future economic trends.
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Recent Examples on the Web

While the little fellow is usually wrong about his predictions, one can’t help but hope that brutal polar vortexes are soon coming to an end. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Cardi B Embraces Early Spring With a Coordinated Pastel Beauty Look," 2 Feb. 2019 The voice of the Super Bowl has become known for his eerily accurate predictions. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Tony Romo Calls Plays Before They Happen. How Often Is He Actually Right?," 30 Jan. 2019 What is your prediction for the next thing ... VR and stuff? Eric Johnson, Recode, "How Imgur avoids the ugliness of social media," 26 Dec. 2018 Our predictions about climate change are more confident, both for better and for worse. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "The case for taking AI seriously as a threat to humanity," 21 Dec. 2018 According to digital design platform Modsy's predictions, Baby Sussex's nursery could turn out one of a few very different ways. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Baby Nursery Will Probably Look Like This," 2 Apr. 2019 Read every sign's current 2019 horoscope predictions to see what's in store for you this year, or check out each sign's personality profile to learn more about the zodiac. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What Your Sign's April Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 31 Mar. 2019 However, going from a theoretical framework to actual predictions is a process that is fraught; assumptions and approximations have to be made. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Quark-gluon plasma reveals viscosity-free properties," 19 Dec. 2018 To boost its efforts, Audi is bringing on some new suppliers to help with these challenges of perception and prediction. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Audi pulls the curtain back on its self-driving car program," 18 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of prediction

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of prediction was in 1561

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prediction

noun

English Language Learners Definition of prediction

: a statement about what will happen or might happen in the future
: the act of saying what will happen in the future : the act of predicting something

prediction

noun
pre·​dic·​tion | \ pri-ˈdik-shən How to pronounce prediction (audio) \

Kids Definition of prediction

1 : an act of saying what will or might happen in the future prediction of earthquakes
2 : a statement about what will or might happen in the future a weather prediction

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