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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Other data in the processor, including predictions about which instruction branch should be followed, can similarly be probed for clues about sensitive information. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Silent Windows update patched side channel that leaked data from Intel CPUs," 6 Aug. 2019 But despite intensive development of the idea, string theory has been unable to furnish any predictions amenable to experimental tests with the current generation of particle colliders—the energies needed are vastly too great. Philip Ball, Scientific American, "Supergravity Snags Super Award: $3-Million Special Breakthrough Prize," 6 Aug. 2019 The new study, which used Y-chromosomal DNA profiling and surname prediction based on genealogical data ties JB 55 to a farmer named John Barber. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "New England ‘Vampire’ Was Likely a Farmer Named John," 5 Aug. 2019 Garrett asked Narula about President Trump's recent prediction that HIV/AIDS would be eradicated within a decade. Grace Segers, CBS News, "A conversation about the world's major health threats," 2 Aug. 2019 The in-depth courses also teach fire behavior prediction and how to apply this knowledge to the community’s topography, fuels and weather, as well as the fire-safe condition of homes. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Free wildfire safety workshops start Saturday," 2 Aug. 2019 On Wednesday, Alphabet’s artificial intelligence lab DeepMind showed progress toward that kind of disease prediction, starting with a condition called acute kidney injury. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Alphabet’s AI Might Be Able to Predict Kidney Disease," 31 July 2019 In a couple of clicks, Kraska created several heart failure prediction models, which quickly identified risk factors for the condition. Matthew Hutson, Science | AAAS, "No coding required: Companies make it easier than ever for scientists to use artificial intelligence," 31 July 2019 Discussion and predictions were rampant about how Hinch would group the top of his order. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros present lineup at full power," 30 July 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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