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.
v make a prediction about; tell in advance
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interpret the significance of, as of palms, tea leaves, intestines, the sky; also of human behavior
attempt to anticipate or predict
predict from an omen
maintain with or as if with a bet
predict in advance
predict or reveal through, or as if through, divine inspiration
divine by gazing into crystals
foretell through or as if through the power of prophecy
give spiritual insight to; in religion
v indicate by signs
- augur, auspicate, betoken, bode, forecast, foreshadow, foretell, omen, portend, prefigure, presage, prognosticate
to be a menacing indication of something:"The clouds threaten rain"
foretell by divine inspiration