Definition of prognosticate in English:



  • Foretell or prophesy (an event in the future)

    ‘the economists were prognosticating financial Armageddon’
    • ‘The grade, size and depth of the sarcomas are the important factors to prognosticate the disease.’
    • ‘He does not prognosticate on those things, although they are already important.’
    • ‘This is the most compelling matchup of the third round and the most difficult to prognosticate.’
    • ‘These issues prognosticated by Roth in 1969 turned out to have both a long-term and short-term impact.’
    • ‘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%.’
    • ‘The ability of predictors of survival to prognosticate in individual patients is, of course, limited.’
    • ‘The astronomical clock served not only to regularly imitate the natural motion of the sun and the heavens but also to prognosticate state affairs.’
    • ‘It is too difficult to prognosticate how powerful the president will or won't be.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although doctors commonly have to prognosticate, most feel uncomfortable doing so.’
    • ‘The sonograms, which prognosticated a boy, were wrong.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Was I being asked to prognosticate or to state my own desire?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What makes it worse is that these transient events are then used to prognosticate the future.’
    • ‘I'm not prognosticating that carmakers will shrink to just a few major competitors, though there's still room for consolidation.’
    • ‘This hypothesis should be re-examined and verified in a much larger cohort before it is used to prognosticate and manage patients.’
    • ‘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.’
    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).