Definition of prognosticate in English:


Line breaks: prog|nos¦ti|cate
Pronunciation: /prɒgˈnɒstɪkeɪt


[with object]
  • Foretell or prophesy (a future event): the economists were prognosticating financial Armageddon
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    • The astronomical clock served not only to regularly imitate the natural motion of the sun and the heavens but also to prognosticate state affairs.
    • What makes it worse is that these transient events are then used to prognosticate the future.
    • They were saying we'd come out a billion on the wrong side at the end of last year and some were prognosticating that inflation would be in the region of 6%.
    forecast, predict, prophesy, foretell, divine
    archaic presage, augur, previse
    Scottish archaic spae
    rare vaticinate, auspicate



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  • So let's move it over to the soothsayer, the prognosticator of right field there at Fenway Park.
  • Doug, of course, was his chief prognosticator and spiritual advisor.
  • The man the Washington Post calls ‘king of election prognosticators,’ predicts Bush will win 52.8% of the popular vote.




late Middle English: from medieval Latin prognosticat-, from the verb prognosticare 'make a prediction' (see prognostic).

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