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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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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Recent Examples on the Web This is exactly what Love predicted in a sit down earlier this season. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "4 ‘small victories’ Cleveland Cavaliers can point to early in 2019-20 season," 7 Nov. 2019 Dr Hsu, who in 2014 predicted that reproductive technologies would soon be used to select for more intelligent offspring, estimates that an IQ gain of between 10 and 15 points would be possible if couples were allowed to choose between ten embryos. The Economist, "Modern genetics will improve health and usher in “designer” children," 7 Nov. 2019 But the Raiders are proving to be a bit more stealthy than predicted. Ann Killion,, "Raiders are writing their own script in final season in Oakland," 7 Nov. 2019 Kentucky recorded a 42% voter turnout, which was 11% higher than the secretary of state's office predicted. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "'Absurd' and 'ridiculous': What officials, experts say about Bevin's voter fraud claims," 7 Nov. 2019 In the meantime, see how John McClain predicts the matchups for Week 10. John Mcclain, Houston Chronicle, "John McClain's 2019 Week 10 predictions," 6 Nov. 2019 While some holiday travel patterns can be quite consistent—the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, for instance, is always packed with travelers—some of the predicted peak days have shifted surrounding both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Are the Busiest Days for Holiday Travel This Year," 5 Nov. 2019 Otherwise, today’s weather will be like that predicted for most of the week. Jeanne Houck,, "Cincinnati weather: Grab a coat today, prepare for chance of snow Thursday," 3 Nov. 2019 Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press Free Press sports writers predict a winner for Saturday's Big Ten football game between Michigan and Maryland: Michigan at Maryland Matchup: No. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football vs. Maryland predictions: Wolverines pile up points," 1 Nov. 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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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of predict was in 1590

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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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