Definition of predict
: to declare or indicate in advance; especially : foretell on the basis of observation, experience, or scientific reason
: to make a prediction
predictabilityplay \-ˌdik-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
predictableplay \-ˈdik-tə-bəl\ adjective
predictiveplay \-ˈdik-tiv\ adjective
predictivelyplay \-lē\ adverb
predictorplay \-ˈdik-tər\ noun
Examples of predict in a sentence
All the local forecasters are predicting rain for this afternoon.
She claims that she can predict future events.
It's hard to predict how the election will turn out.
Many people predicted that the store would fail, but it has done very well.
Sales are predicted to be the same as last year.
Origin and Etymology of predict
Latin praedictus, past participle of praedicere, from prae- pre- + dicere to say — more at diction
First Known Use: 1609
Synonym Discussion of predict
PREDICT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of predict for English Language Learners
: to say that (something) will or might happen in the future
PREDICT Defined for Kids
Definition of predict for Students
: to say that (something) will or might happen in the future <predict the weather>
Word Root of predict
The Latin word dicere, meaning “to say” or “to speak,” and its form dictus give us the root dict. Words from the Latin dicere have something to do with saying or speaking. To dictate is to say words that are to be written down by someone else. To contradict is to say the opposite of what someone else has said. To predict is to say what will happen before it does.
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