predict

[pri-dikt]
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:
1540–50; < 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

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.
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predict (prɪˈdɪkt)
 
vb
(tr; may take a clause as object) to state or make a declaration about in advance, esp on a reasoned basis; foretell
 
[C17: from Latin praedīcere to mention beforehand, from prae before + dīcere to say]
 
pre'dictable
 
adj
 
predicta'bility
 
n
 
pre'dictableness
 
n
 
pre'dictably
 
adv

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predict
1623, "to foretell, prophesy," from L. prædicatus, pp. of prædicere "foretell, advise, give notice," from præ- "before" + dicere "to say" (see diction). Scientific sense of "to have as a deducible consequence" is recorded from 1961. Prediction is recorded
from 1561, from L. prædictio "a foretelling," from prædictus. Predictably "as could have been predicted" is attested from 1914.
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Example sentences
More important, it has also done a good job of predicting box-office
  performance.
People did a good job of predicting their partner's preferences, in fact, only
  when they shared those preferences.
But predicting criminality makes a lot of people nervous.
And it's predicting a new technology king: open content.
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