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

No analyst has logged a prediction for his pick in the Rivals FutureCast, so this one appears to be a tossup for now. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Hot board: Meet the 2020 recruits Kentucky basketball is targeting," 8 July 2019 Today’s topic: three bold predictions for the coming season. Scott Patsko,, "3 bold Browns predictions for the 2019 season (video)," 3 July 2019 But Tom Wright, the president of Regional Plan Association, a transportation research and policy group, said that the sky-is-falling predictions for Herald Square were overly gloomy. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "Should Macy’s Build a Giant Tower in One of N.Y.’s Most Congested Neighborhoods?," 1 July 2019 View a prediction for when your fertile window is likely to begin. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "An iOS 13 Preview: The 7 Top Features Coming to Your iPhone," 25 June 2019 The polygenic score would take all those approximations, add them up and spit out a prediction for some individual’s actual height. Quanta Magazine, "New Turmoil Over Predicting the Effects of Genes," 23 Apr. 2019 Bologna University’s astronomer, for example, Domenico Maria de Novara, was tasked with providing astrological predictions for the city’s rulers and nobility. National Geographic, "Copernicus's revolutionary ideas reorganized the heavens," 9 Apr. 2019 My team then used this algorithm to look at the chemistry of stars not known to have planets to provide a prediction score that a star is likely to host a planet. Natalie Hinkel, The Conversation, "Accelerating exoplanet discovery using chemical fingerprints of stars," 25 June 2019 The prediction suggests that the market has the Fed backed into a corner. Matt Egan, CNN, "The Fed is likely cutting rates. Goldman Sachs says Wall Street isn't giving them a choice," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of prediction

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


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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