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Early 17th century, from Latin praedīcere (to mention beforehand) (perfect passive participle praedictus), from prae (before) + dīcere (to say). Cognate to predicate. Equivalent to Germanic forespeak, foretell, and foresay.


  • IPA(key): /pɹɪˈdɪkt/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪkt


predict (third-person singular simple present predicts, present participle predicting, simple past and past participle predicted)

  1. (transitive) To make a prediction: to forecast, foretell, or estimate a future event on the basis of knowledge and reasoning; to prophesy a future event on the basis of mystical knowledge or power.
  2. (transitive, of theories, laws, etc.) To imply.
    • 1886, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, 177. 338
      It is interesting to see how clearly theory predicts the difference between the ascending and descending curves of a dynamo.
    • 1996 June 3, Geoffrey Cowley. The biology of beauty, Newsweek
      For both men and women, greater symmetry predicted a larger number of past sex partners.
  3. (intransitive) To make predictions.
    • 1652, J. Gaule, Πυς-μαντια the mag-astro-mancer, 196
      The devil can both predict and make predictors.
  4. (transitive, military, rare) To direct a ranged weapon against a target by means of a predictor.
    • 1943, L. Cheshire, Bomber Pilot, iii. 57
      They're predicting us now; looks like a barrage.



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predict (plural predicts)

  1. (obsolete) A prediction.

Further reading[edit]

  • predict” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.

Middle French[edit]



  1. past participle of predire