One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’‘the predicted growth in road traffic’
forecast, foretell, foresee, prophesy, divine, prognosticate, anticipate, see, say, tell in advance, project, speculate, envision, envisage, imagine, picture, estimate, conjecture, guess, hazard a guessView synonyms
- ‘I correctly predicted the early demise of a friend's relationship with this method.’
- ‘On the day of his birth a Brahmin priest predicts his future greatness.’
- ‘If we could predict the future uses of new technology, they wouldn't be innovative.’
- ‘Matt Moore, project officer at the museum, predicts a fun night for all assuming the weather holds out.’
- ‘It would be impossible at this point to predict the outcome of a future referendum.’
- ‘After all, huge scientific advances are predicted for the early years of this century.’
- ‘Great strides have been made in predicting the place and the size of future earthquakes.’
- ‘Others have found that faster growth in childhood predicts obesity in adulthood.’
- ‘He also predicts promotions and partnerships will be more tightly controlled in future.’
- ‘They are also working to predict future demand in the face of further housing development.’
- ‘Isn't it amazing how far into the future they can predict the weather these days?’
- ‘Forecasters are predicting a return to warm weather in the next few days.’
- ‘In the future, we may be able to predict such events, and their impact on the Earth.’
- ‘The weather forecast predicts a sunny start on Sunday but showers arriving later in the day.’
- ‘In clinical practice it is essential to know how a particular test result predicts the risk of abnormality.’
Early 17th century: from Latin praedict- ‘made known beforehand, declared’, from the verb praedicere, from prae- ‘beforehand’ + dicere ‘say’.
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