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From Medieval Latin prognosticare; see prognostic for more.


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  • IPA(key): /pɹɒɡˈnɒstɪke͡ɪt/


prognosticate (third-person singular simple present prognosticates, present participle prognosticating, simple past and past participle prognosticated)

  1. (transitive) To predict or forecast, especially through the application of skill.
    Examining the tea-leaves, she prognosticated dark days ahead.
    • 1598William Shakespeare, Sonnet xiv
      But from thine eyes my knowledge I derive,
      And constant stars in them I read such art
      As 'Truth and beauty shall together thrive,
      If from thyself, to store thou wouldst convert';
      Or else of thee this I prognosticate:
      'Thy end is truth's and beauty's doom and date.'
    • 1847 December, Ellis Bell [pseudonym; Emily Brontë], Wuthering Heights, volume (please specify |volume=I or II), London: Thomas Cautley Newby [], OCLC 156123328: I intend lengthening the night till afternoon. I prognosticate for myself an obstinate cold, at least.
    • 1915Virginia Woolf, The Voyage Out ch. 2
      All old people and many sick people were drawn, were it only for a foot or two, into the open air, and prognosticated pleasant things about the course of the world.
  2. (transitive) To presage, betoken.
    The bluebells may prognosticate an early spring this year.


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  1. second-person plural present indicative of prognosticare
  2. second-person plural imperative of prognosticare
  3. feminine plural of prognosticato