predict

To predict is to say what you think is going to happen in the future. If you predict that you'll win the poker championship, you're either really confident in your poker skills or you're cheating.

The prefix pre means "before." Dict comes from the Latin dicere, which means "to say", yet you can use predict to refer to things that can't say anything at all. Darkening skies can predict a coming storm, for example, and a runny nose can predict a cold. You can predict something based on factual evidence, or on a crystal-ball reading, or just on plain intuition.

DEFINITIONS OF: predict

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v make a prediction about; tell in advance

Synonyms:
anticipate, call, forebode, foretell, prognosticate, promise
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read
interpret the significance of, as of palms, tea leaves, intestines, the sky; also of human behavior
outguess, second-guess
attempt to anticipate or predict
augur
predict from an omen
bet, wager
maintain with or as if with a bet
calculate, forecast
predict in advance
prophesy, vaticinate
predict or reveal through, or as if through, divine inspiration
scry
divine by gazing into crystals
vaticinate
foretell through or as if through the power of prophecy
enlighten, irradiate
give spiritual insight to; in religion
Type of:
guess, hazard, pretend, venture
put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation

v indicate by signs

Synonyms:
augur, auspicate, betoken, bode, forecast, foreshadow, foretell, omen, portend, prefigure, presage, prognosticate
Types:
threaten
to be a menacing indication of something:"The clouds threaten rain"
foreshow
foretell by divine inspiration
Type of:
bespeak, betoken, indicate, point, signal
be a signal for or a symptom of
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