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 Here's my predictions for what to expect in A.I. in 2020: 1. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "My Predictions For Artificial Intelligence in 2020," 7 Jan. 2020 If you're set on winning your viewing-party pool, here are our Golden Globes predictions. Emma Specter, Vogue, "Golden Globes 2020: Our Predictions For Who Will Win," 3 Jan. 2020 What is Minnesota’s greatest strength against Auburn and what is your score prediction? Giana Han, al, "5 questions with a Minnesota beat writer," 31 Dec. 2019 Catch up on the latest Ohio State news * Check out the game picks and outrageous predictions from our Ohio State coverage team. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Ohio State, Clemson meet again in Fiesta Bowl for trip to College Football Playoff National Championship: Buckeye Breakfast Gameday," 28 Dec. 2019 While its predictions for seltzer are rosy, wine (save for a few categories, including rosé and prosecco) isn’t looking so good. Emily Heil, Washington Post, "Move over, White Claw? Here’s what we’ll be drinking in 2020.," 21 Dec. 2019 Check out the picks and predictions for the game in Arizona, which is scheduled to kick off at 2:05 p.m. and can be seen on Fox. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Cleveland Browns vs. Arizona Cardinals picks, predictions: Who wins Week 15 NFL game?," 11 Dec. 2019 Insider: After 5-game trip, Pacers could benefit from 2 rotation shakeups His prediction was spot on. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Pacers hold off energized New York Knicks to complete 3-2 trip," 8 Dec. 2019 While predictions were wide-ranging, one thing was certain: Tree's performance was enough to keep her in the competition and send Thingamajig to do battle with Butterfly. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "'The Masked Singer' recap: A contestant's wings are clipped in competition," 5 Dec. 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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11 Jan 2020

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“Prediction.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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