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predict

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Pronunciation: /prɪˈdɪkt
 
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Definition of predict in English:

verb

[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 in road traffic
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?
Synonyms
forecast, foretell, foresee, prophesy, divine, prognosticate, anticipate, see, say, tell in advance, project, speculate, envision, envisage, imagine, picture, estimate, conjecture, guess, hazard a guess
archaic augur, previse, presage, foreshow
Scottish archaic spae
rare vaticinate, auspicate

Origin

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

Derivatives

predictor

1
noun
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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