Definition of predict in English:
- 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?
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.
- Example sentences
- In one study, level of violence was the greatest predictor of separation and divorce.
- Neurotic characteristics, by contrast, were a predictor of breakdown.
- It is tempting to take the last day's evidence as a predictor of what will come next.
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