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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Throughout the day, Election Commission data showed turnout exceeded that of April's election, suggesting predictions about a tight race might have spurred people to the ballot box. Andrew Carey, CNN, "Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election plans in limbo as Israeli exit polls show tight contest," 17 Sep. 2019 Not only were the overtones present, but the pattern of pitch and decay matches predictions for the black hole's mass and spin derived using the general theory of relativity. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Fresh analysis of LIGO data supports “no hair” theorem for black holes," 17 Sep. 2019 Buyers might also be unsettled by uncertain economic news, including volatility in the stock market, a looming trade war and predictions of a recession in the offing. oregonlive, "Homebuyers may have an edge as sales flatten," 17 Sep. 2019 Well, Andrews’s play continues to back up that prediction. Frankie Taddeo,, "Fantasy Football: Week 2 Sunday Superlatives," 16 Sep. 2019 Browns at Jets: Odds, betting lines and prediction Odds via BetMGM. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Cleveland Browns at New York Jets odds, picks and best bets [UPDATED]," 16 Sep. 2019 Today, 19 CCAs have launched in California and there are predictions that by 2025 about 80 percent of the state’s load will be served by jurisdictions that have adopted community energy choice. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Community choice energy across San Diego on the cusp of becoming reality," 16 Sep. 2019 But at least for Prestwick, almost none of Mr. Trump’s predictions came true. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "Inside the Military’s 5-Star Layovers at a Trump Resort in Scotland," 12 Sep. 2019 JOHN McCLAIN: Aaron Colvin signing one of worst in Texans' history Check out the slideshow for John McClain's Week 2 predictions. John Mcclain, Houston Chronicle, "John McClain's 2019 Week 2 predictions," 11 Sep. 2019

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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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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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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