One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
with object To divine beforehand; to foretell, prognosticate; to presage, portend.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Walkington (c1575–1621), Church of England clergyman and author. From classical Latin praedīvīnāre to have foreknowledge of, divine from prae- + dīvīnāre. Compare French † prédiviner.
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