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


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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.
    to predict misfortune; to predict the return of a comet
    How did Nostradamus predict that this would happen?
    • 2012 March-April, Jeremy Bernstein, “A Palette of Particles”, American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 146: 
      The physics of elementary particles in the 20th century was distinguished by the observation of particles whose existence had been predicted by theorists sometimes decades earlier.
  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.


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predict (plural predicts)

  1. (obsolete) A prediction.
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External links[edit]

  • predict” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

Middle French[edit]



  1. past participle of predire