va·​tic·​i·​nate | \ və-ˈti-sə-ˌnāt How to pronounce vaticinate (audio) , va- \
vaticinated; vaticinating

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vaticinator \ və-​ˈti-​sə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce vaticinator (audio) , va-​ \ noun

Examples of vaticinate in a Sentence

if he could really vaticinate the course of the stock market, he'd be rich enough to own Manhattan

First Known Use of vaticinate

circa 1623, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vaticinate

borrowed from Latin vāticinātus, past participle of vāticinārī "to make divinely inspired predictions, prophesy, warn," verbal derivative of *vāticinium "act of prophesying," from vātēs "prophet, seer" + canere "to sing, chant, utter" + -ium, deverbal noun suffix — more at vatic, chant entry 1

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The first known use of vaticinate was circa 1623

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“Vaticinate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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