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[pri-dikt] /prɪˈdɪkt/
verb (used with object)
to declare or tell in advance; prophesy; foretell:
to predict the weather; to predict the fall of a civilization.
verb (used without object)
to foretell the future; make a prediction.
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
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for predicted
  • Citrus, succulents, and other tender plants require protection when nighttime frost is predicted.
  • Scientists knew that turbines posed a threat to birds, but nobody had predicted they'd be such a problem for bats.
  • For the sun, the displacement towards the red predicted by theory amounts to about two millionths of the wave-length.
  • Fifty years ago its rapid failure was boldly predicted.
  • She then predicted dire sufferings to them in their future course, and having vented her wrath flew away.
  • But he did not win the distinction predicted for him by many of his friends.
  • That's mainly interesting because it had been predicted by many climate models.
  • Its existence has been predicted for some time, but hadn't previously been observed.
  • In this case, though, the angle through which the axes will precess is predicted to be a mere two-thousandths of a degree.
  • Huge investments can yield disappointing returns if promising mines turn out to contain less glitter than predicted.
British Dictionary definitions for predicted


(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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Word Origin and History for predicted



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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