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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web With the advent of mass advertising, businesses had easier ways to sell their goods, and observers predicted that door-to-door was doomed—a prediction that recurred with the rise of magazines, telephones, radios, and televisions. Tad Friend, The New Yorker, 1 Aug. 2022 Onyenso made visits to Oklahoma State in June and OU the week before announcing his pledge, but every prediction logged at 247Sports, On3 and Rivals favored the Wildcats. The Courier-Journal, 1 Aug. 2022 The ethereum price has also rebounded from recent lows with ethereum cofounder Vitalik Buterin issuing a surprise ethereum price prediction. Billy Bambrough, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 Four-star Air Noland, another 2024 product, from Fairburn, Georgia, currently has a 247 Crystal Ball prediction in Auburn’s favor. Nick Alvarez |, al, 30 July 2022 As of this writing, the latest prediction by the Aerospace Corporation says the Long March 5B booster should strike the Earth shortly after 7 A.M. ET on July 31 (plus or minus 24 hours). Leonard David, Scientific American, 29 July 2022 Ulanoff's prediction that Google would never build its own Android phone remained true for several more years. PCMAG, 27 July 2022 Not all experts are making the same prediction, however. Andy Davis, Arkansas Online, 23 July 2022 Some people want to be right about a recession prediction. Ben Carlson, Fortune, 23 July 2022 See More

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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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5 Aug 2022

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“Prediction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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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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