Definition of prediction in English:

prediction

noun

  • 1A thing predicted; a forecast.

    ‘a prediction that economic growth would resume’
    • ‘Both these predictions have of course been shown to be false in just a few years.’
    • ‘So I think all the predictions and projections everybody is making are on target.’
    • ‘Severe frost is likely over the next month or so according to weather predictions.’
    • ‘Well, I can see the logic, but I simply cannot imagine the predictions coming true.’
    • ‘It is foolish, on the eve of the elections, to make any predictions about the results.’
    • ‘I have no doubt that Willie is right in his predictions, but will his call fall on deaf ears?’
    • ‘I would like to be able to talk to people more and get more feedback from them about what they think of my predictions.’
    • ‘In these terrible times one can't make many predictions with any kind of certainty.’
    • ‘If rosy predictions are to come true, a change in business culture will have to occur.’
    • ‘Londonist scoured some of the weather sites and found the following predictions.’
    • ‘Council Tax bills could again soar over the rate of inflation, according to early predictions.’
    • ‘If some radical predictions come true, the office as we know it could become something of a rarity in years to come.’
    • ‘That is why, given the poll predictions, so many papers are cheerfully endorsing the party.’
    • ‘Columnists usually only recall their predictions when they turn out correct.’
    • ‘We really have no idea how many other predictions she made, or how accurate they were.’
    forecast, prophecy, divination, prognosis, prognostication, augury
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    1. 1.1mass noun The action of predicting something.
      ‘the prediction of future behaviour’
      • ‘For the sake of argument here, I'm going to denote a difference between understanding and prediction.’
      • ‘My guess is that any such precision of prediction or of control lies decades into the future.’
      • ‘In 1919, the war over, he went to Liverpool and started on his life's work, tide prediction.’
      • ‘The example of Germany shows that reunification can come at a time and in a way that defies prediction.’
      • ‘The first thing to notice is that demographers have never been much good at prediction.’
      • ‘The dangerous game of prediction separates the optimists from the pessimists.’
      • ‘This approach to reading stresses the importance of prediction in the reading process.’
      • ‘With Julian's prediction in mind, the arrival of each new pupil had me aching.’
      • ‘Although yesterday's election defied all attempts at prediction, that tradition remained.’
      • ‘Japan is the only country in the world to maintain a major research programme in earthquake prediction.’
      • ‘It is true that prediction is a difficult business, especially when it involves the future.’
      • ‘No doubt, you have been very impressed indeed, by my unrivalled abilities in prediction.’
      • ‘We were totally right yesterday, so here is another prediction we expect you to trust.’
      • ‘Then the envelope will be opened to reveal if Paul's prediction has come true.’
      • ‘He held that these laws are nothing but computational devices for the description and prediction of phenomena.’
      foretelling the future, forecasting the future, fortune telling, crystal-gazing, second sight, clairvoyance, prognostication, divination, soothsaying
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from Latin praedictio(n-), from praedicere ‘make known beforehand’ (see predict).

Pronunciation

prediction

/prɪˈdɪkʃ(ə)n/