• IPA: /pɹɪˈdɪkt/

predict (predicts, present participle predicting; past and past participle predicted)

  1. (transitive) To make a prediction: to forecast, foretell, or estimate a future event on the basis of knowledge and reasoning; to prophesy a future event on the basis of mystical knowledge or power.
    • 1590, E. Daunce, A Briefe Discourse on the Spanish State, 40
      After he had renounced his fathers bishoprick of Valentia in Spaine... and to attaine by degrees the Maiesty of Cesar, was created Duke of that place, gaue for his poesie, Aut Cesar, aut nihil. which being not fauoured from the heauens, had presently the euent the same predicted.
    • 2000, J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, xiii.
      Professor Trelawney kept predicting Harry’s death, which he found extremely annoying.
    • 2012, Jeremy Bernstein, "A Palette of Particles ↗" in American Scientist, Vol. 100, No. 2, p. 146
      The physics of elementary particles in the 20th century was distinguished by the observation of particles whose existence had been predicted by theorists sometimes decades earlier.
  2. (transitive, of theories, laws, etc.) To imply.
    • 1886, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, 177. 338
      It is interesting to see how clearly theory predicts the difference between the ascending and descending curves of a dynamo.
  3. (intransitive) To make predictions.
    • 1652, J. Gaule, Πυς-μαντια the mag-astro-mancer, 196
      The devil can both predict and make predictors.
  4. (transitive, military, rare) To direct a ranged weapon against a target by means of a predictor.
    • 1943, L. Cheshire, Bomber Pilot, iii. 57
      They're predicting us now; looks like a barrage.
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predict (plural predicts)

  1. (obsolete) A prediction.
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet 14:
      Or say with Princes if it shall go well, / By oft predict that I in heaven find.

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