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Examples of prognosticate in a Sentence
using current trends to prognosticate what the workplace of the future will be like
Recent Examples of prognosticate from the Web
That called for some elasticity of mind, some willingness to view this new circumstance with a measure of charity and receptivity – a determination to watch and listen rather than pronounce and prognosticate.
Remember, nothing on the internet can prognosticate perfectly, but Kayak’s metrics are a helpful gauge.
The obsessive-compulsive Mac me-zine community has been prognosticating for quite some time now, but with exceptionally little certainty.
So while the experts on ESPN and across the Internet have been prognosticating for weeks, Jimmy Fallon's method may make a little more sense in this particular case: Just use a bunch of puppies.
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Did You Know?
Prognosticate, which comes from the Greek prognōstikos (foretelling), first appeared in English during the 15th century. Since that time, prognosticate has been connected with things that give omens or warnings of events to come and with people who can prophesy or predict the future by such signs. Shakespeare used the prophesy sense of prognosticate in the sonnet that begins Not from the stars do I my judgement pluck:
"From thine eyes my knowledge I derive,
And constant stars in them I read such art
...of thee this I prognosticate,
Thy end is truth's and beauty's doom and date."
First Known Use of prognosticate
Synonymsaugur, call, forecast, predict, presage, foretell, prophesy, read, vaticinate
Related Wordsalert, caution, forewarn, warn; bode, forebode (also forbode), portend, promise; anticipate, divine, foreknow, foresee; announce, declare, herald, proclaim
Near Antonymsdescribe, narrate, recite, recount, relate, report, tell
Synonym Discussion of prognosticate
- seers foretold the calamity
- astronomers predicted an eclipse
- forecast snow
- prophesying a new messiah
- prognosticating the future
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