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
  1. verb
    make a prediction about; tell in advance
    synonyms: anticipate, call, forebode, foretell, prognosticate, promise
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    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
  2. verb
    indicate by signs
    synonyms: augur, auspicate, betoken, bode, forecast, foreshadow, foretell, omen, portend, prefigure, presage, prognosticate
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    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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