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 is 47 percent’
    • ‘He also predicts promotions and partnerships will be more tightly controlled in future.’
    • ‘It would be impossible at this point to predict the outcome of a future referendum.’
    • ‘In clinical practice it is essential to know how a particular test result predicts the risk of abnormality.’
    • ‘In the future, we may be able to predict such events, and their impact on the Earth.’
    • ‘Great strides have been made in predicting the place and the size of future earthquakes.’
    • ‘I correctly predicted the early demise of a friend's relationship with this method.’
    • ‘If we could predict the future uses of new technology, they wouldn't be innovative.’
    • ‘Isn't it amazing how far into the future they can predict the weather these days?’
    • ‘They are also working to predict future demand in the face of further housing development.’
    • ‘After all, huge scientific advances are predicted for the early years of this century.’
    • ‘The weather forecast predicts a sunny start on Sunday but showers arriving later in the day.’
    • ‘Matt Moore, project officer at the museum, predicts a fun night for all assuming the weather holds out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the day of his birth a Brahmin priest predicts his future greatness.’
    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.