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Predict (third-person singular simple present Predicts, present participle Predicting, simple past and past participle Predicted)

  1. (transitive) To state, or make something known in advance, especially using inference or special knowledge.
  2. (transitive) To believe or hold to be true in advance; forehold; surmise.
    How could I ever predict this could happen?
  3. (intransitive) To foretell, foresee or prophesy.

Adverbs for Predict

prophetically; confidently; correctly; lugubriously; mournfully; dismally; darkly; complacently; boldly; astrologically; miraculously.


adumbrate, anticipate, approach, augur, auspicate, await, be destined, be fated, be imminent, be to be, be to come, bet, call, cast a horoscope, cast a nativity, come, come on, conclude, conjecture, contemplate, divine, dope, dope out, dowse for water, draw near, draw on, envisage, envision, expect, forebode, forecast, foreglimpse, foresee, foreshadow, foreshow, foretaste, foretell, foretoken, forewarn, fortune-tell, gamble, gather, guess, hariolate, have a hunch, have an intimation, hazard a conjecture, hint, hope, infer, intimate, judge, lie ahead, look ahead, look beyond, look for, look forward to, loom, make a prediction, make a prognosis, make a prophecy, make book, near, omen, plan, plot, portend, prefigure, presage, presume, prognosticate, project, prophesy, read palms, read tea leaves, read the future, risk, see ahead, see beforehand, shadow, shadow forth, soothsay, speculate, suggest, suppose, surmise, take a chance, tell fortunes, tell the future, think, threaten, vaticinate

Alternative forms


17th Century: from Latin praedīcere (to mention beforehand), from prae (before) + dīcere (to say).



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External links

  • Predict” in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001