vaticinating; vaticinated; vaticinates

When you vaticinate, you tell the future. A carnival fortune teller might vaticinate that you'll travel the world and have seven children.

When you make a prediction about what will happen, whether it's a guess or a prophecy, you vaticinate. You might vaticinate about the next day's weather or what will happen on your favorite television show in the upcoming season. A magician might vaticinate what card you'll pull out of a deck. The Latin root word of vaticinate is vates, which means "prophet."

Definitions of vaticinate
  1. verb
    predict or reveal through, or as if through, divine inspiration
    synonyms: prophesy
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    enlighten, irradiate
    give spiritual insight to; in religion
    type of:
    anticipate, call, forebode, foretell, predict, prognosticate, promise
    make a prediction about; tell in advance
  2. verb
    foretell through or as if through the power of prophecy
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    type of:
    predict or reveal through, or as if through, divine inspiration
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