pre·​dict | \ pri-ˈdikt How to pronounce predict (audio) \
predicted; predicting; predicts

Definition of predict

transitive verb

: to declare or indicate in advance especially : foretell on the basis of observation, experience, or scientific reason

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Other Words from predict

predictor \ pri-​ˈdik-​tər How to pronounce predictor (audio) \ noun

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foretell, predict, forecast, prophesy, prognosticate mean to tell beforehand. foretell applies to the telling of the coming of a future event by any procedure or any source of information. seers foretold the calamity predict commonly implies inference from facts or accepted laws of nature. astronomers predicted an eclipse forecast adds the implication of anticipating eventualities and differs from predict in being usually concerned with probabilities rather than certainties. forecast snow prophesy connotes inspired or mystic knowledge of the future especially as the fulfilling of divine threats or promises. prophesying a new messiah prognosticate is used less often than the other words; it may suggest learned or skilled interpretation, but more often it is simply a colorful substitute for predict or prophesy. prognosticating the future

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.
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Many wildlife managers predicted a subsequent drop and stabilization of turkey populations. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Spring turkey hunters register 38,556 birds, second lowest in 20 years," 8 June 2019 After a stunning victory in the European elections on May 23rd, winning almost one third of the popular vote, many were predicting a win for the upstarts in Peterborough. The Economist, "Labour holds Peterborough, slowing the Brexit Party’s momentum," 7 June 2019 Nass predicted Evers will probably veto any stand-alone bill imposing accountability on the DOT, a cabinet agency. Todd Richmond, Twin Cities, "Finance committee OKs Republican road-funding plan," 6 June 2019 In fact, these patterns are consistent enough that cold, hard math can predict organic growth fairly well. Maddie Burakoff, Smithsonian, "Decoding the Mathematical Secrets of Plants’ Stunning Leaf Patterns," 6 June 2019 Despite these favorable trends, the UCLA Anderson Forecast predicted the California job market will experience a steady slowdown in its rate of growth over the next few years. George Avalos, The Mercury News, "Bay Area, California running out of people to hire: forecast," 5 June 2019 Morgan Stanley analysts predict a possible recession in as little as nine months. Rachel Layne, CBS News, "As more tariffs loom, experts warn consumers to brace for impact," 3 June 2019 The official result was announced Wednesday following counting snags from the May 13 polls, and gave Mr. Duterte sweeping majorities in both houses of Congress as predicted. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Rodrigo Duterte Cements Power as Allies Sweep Senate in Philippine Vote," 22 May 2019 Last night's episode saw some theories come to fruition—Bran, as some predicted, was voted in as the new King of the Six Kingdoms, (Winterfell excluded thanks to Sansa), and became Bran the Broken, the first Stark to rule outside of the North. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Dead May Never Die: So What's Next for Game of Thrones?," 20 May 2019

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First Known Use of predict

1590, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for predict

Latin praedictus, past participle of praedicere, from prae- pre- + dicere to say — more at diction

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English Language Learners Definition of predict

: to say that (something) will or might happen in the future


pre·​dict | \ pri-ˈdikt How to pronounce predict (audio) \
predicted; predicting

Kids Definition of predict

: to say that (something) will or might happen in the future predict the weather

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