Definition of prognosticate in English:



[with object]
  • Foretell or prophesy (a future event)

    ‘the economists were prognosticating financial Armageddon’
    • ‘These issues prognosticated by Roth in 1969 turned out to have both a long-term and short-term impact.’
    • ‘I'm not prognosticating that carmakers will shrink to just a few major competitors, though there's still room for consolidation.’
    • ‘The sonograms, which prognosticated a boy, were wrong.’
    • ‘He does not prognosticate on those things, although they are already important.’
    • ‘At this stage it is impossible to prognosticate whether these issues will be satisfactorily settled over the next years and decades or whether they will lead to a new era of discord and disintegration.’
    • ‘Was I being asked to prognosticate or to state my own desire?’
    • ‘The grade, size and depth of the sarcomas are the important factors to prognosticate the disease.’
    • ‘What makes it worse is that these transient events are then used to prognosticate the future.’
    • ‘The astronomical clock served not only to regularly imitate the natural motion of the sun and the heavens but also to prognosticate state affairs.’
    • ‘They were saying we'd come out a billion on the wrong side at the end of last year and some were prognosticating that inflation would be in the region of 6%.’
    • ‘A common lament among those who like to prognosticate about America's future is that China and India are churning out more and better engineering students than the U.S., which presages their rise to superpowerdom.’
    • ‘This hypothesis should be re-examined and verified in a much larger cohort before it is used to prognosticate and manage patients.’
    • ‘Unlike many critics of genetic engineering who prognosticate a world where only perfection will be tolerated and individuality extinct, Ackroyd and Harvey's work admits to its own flawed and in-progress science.’
    • ‘It is too difficult to prognosticate how powerful the president will or won't be.’
    • ‘This is the most compelling matchup of the third round and the most difficult to prognosticate.’
    • ‘The ability of predictors of survival to prognosticate in individual patients is, of course, limited.’
    • ‘Although doctors commonly have to prognosticate, most feel uncomfortable doing so.’
    • ‘Rather than reminisce or prognosticate, I thought I'd toss out my list of Web service needs in the form of a holiday wish list.’
    • ‘Some have prognosticated that physical rack-mounted components are going to give way to software apps that can do the same work, and eat no rack space.’
    forecast, predict, prophesy, foretell, divine
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Late Middle English: from medieval Latin prognosticat-, from the verb prognosticare ‘make a prediction’ (see prognostic).