Definition of predict in English:



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