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[pri-dikt] /prɪˈdɪkt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to declare or tell in advance; prophesy; foretell:
to predict the weather; to predict the fall of a civilization.
verb (used without object)
2.
to foretell the future; make a prediction.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin praedictus, past participle of praedīcere to foretell, equivalent to prae- pre- + dic-, variant stem of dīcere to say + -tus past participle suffix; see dictum
Related forms
predictable, adjective
predictability, noun
mispredict, verb
unpredicted, adjective
unpredicting, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. presage, divine, augur, project, prognosticate, portend. Predict, prophesy, foresee, forecast mean to know or tell (usually correctly) beforehand what will happen. To predict is usually to foretell with precision of calculation, knowledge, or shrewd inference from facts or experience: The astronomers can predict an eclipse; it may, however, be used without the implication of underlying knowledge or expertise: I predict she'll be a success at the party. Prophesy usually means to predict future events by the aid of divine or supernatural inspiration: Merlin prophesied the two knights would meet in conflict; this verb, too, may be used in a more general, less specific sense. I prophesy he'll be back in the old job. To foresee refers specifically not to the uttering of predictions but to the mental act of seeing ahead; there is often (but not always) a practical implication of preparing for what will happen: He was clever enough to foresee this shortage of materials. Forecast has much the same meaning as predict; it is used today particularly of the weather and other phenomena that cannot easily be accurately predicted: Rain and snow are forecast for tonight. Economists forecast a rise in family income.
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predict

/prɪˈdɪkt/
verb
1.
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to state or make a declaration about in advance, esp on a reasoned basis; foretell
Derived Forms
predictable, adjective
predictability, predictableness, noun
predictably, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin praedīcere to mention beforehand, from prae before + dīcere to say
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predict

v.

1620s (implied in predicted), "foretell, prophesy," a back formation from prediction or else from Latin praedicatus, past participle of praedicere "foretell, advise, give notice," from prae "before" (see pre-) + dicere "to say" (see diction). Related: Predicted; predicting.

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