prediction

noun
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 That’s the prediction from George Mateyo, chief investment officer at KeyBank in Cleveland. cleveland, "U.S. faces 20% to 25% chance of recession in the next year, KeyBank official says," 22 Nov. 2019 And self-learning algorithms can test and retest the combinations that yield the best predictions. The Economist, "How machine learning is revolutionising market intelligence," 21 Nov. 2019 So when the preseason predictions came out, Satterfield and the Cardinals were projected to finish last in the ACC Atlantic Division. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "The turnaround: Why Saturday's win over NC State meant so much to Louisville's players," 17 Nov. 2019 So, despite the relatively mild predictions for this year's shower, stargazers should still be able to see the long-lasting green streaks left in their wake. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Leonids meteor shower will soon light up the sky. Here's how to watch.," 16 Nov. 2019 In a metric that didn't exist the last time a president was threatened with impeachment, online prediction markets, where anyone can bet on the outcome of political events, are showing about even odds that Trump will be impeached this year. Marc Fisher, Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: How the decline of trust shaped Trump, Nixon and Clinton’s endgames," 13 Nov. 2019 And because more than 2,200 of the roughly 16,000 applicants had already been hired, the researchers’ predictions could be tested against several years’ worth of outcomes in terms of both teacher performance and tenure. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "An experiment to find teachers who perform better and stay longer shows promising results," 7 Nov. 2019 So was the 4-3 prediction for yesterday’s game snark or a legit pick? Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Lunch Special: If Broncos QB Brandon Allen keeps winning, will Drew Lock not play this season?," 4 Nov. 2019 The prediction made by Mr. Angyan — that Mr. Orban’s policies would make the countryside beholden to Fidesz and his allies — was being realized. Benjamin Novak, New York Times, "The Money Farmers: How Oligarchs and Populists Milk the E.U. for Millions," 3 Nov. 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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29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Prediction.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/predictions. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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More Definitions for prediction

prediction

noun
How to pronounce prediction (audio)

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

prediction

noun
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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