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predict Syllabification: pre·dict
Pronunciation: /prəˈdikt/

Definition of predict in English:


[with object]
Say or estimate that (a specified thing) will happen in the future or will be a consequence of something: it is too early to predict a result [with clause]: he predicts that the trend will continue (as adjective predicted) the predicted growth is 47 percent
More example sentences
  • They are also working to predict future demand in the face of further housing development.
  • If we could predict the future uses of new technology, they wouldn't be innovative.
  • Isn't it amazing how far into the future they can predict the weather these days?
forecast, foretell, foresee, prophesy, anticipate, tell in advance, envision, envisage
literary previse
archaic augur, presage


Early 17th century: from Latin praedict- 'made known beforehand, declared', from the verb praedicere, from prae- 'beforehand' + dicere 'say'.

  • verdict from Middle English:

    After the Norman Conquest, French became the language of the law in England and many French legal terms made their way into English. Verdict came immediately from French, but goes back to Latin verus ‘true’, source also of verify (Middle English), veritable (Late Middle English), and very (Middle English), and dicere ‘to say’, from which addict (mid 16th century) originally ‘assigned by decree’ and so bound to something; condition (Middle English) speaking with, agreement; contradiction (Late Middle English) ‘speaking against’; dictate (early 17th century); predict (late 16th century) ‘speaking in advance’; and numerous other words derive.

Words that rhyme with predict

addict, afflict, conflict, constrict, contradict, convict, delict, depict, evict, hand-picked, inflict, interdict, Pict, reconvict, strict
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