v. pre·dict·ed, pre·dict·ing, pre·dicts
To state, tell about, or make known in advance, especially on the basis of special knowledge: predicted an active hurricane season because of warmer ocean-surface temperatures.
To foretell something.
[Latin praedīcere, praedict- : prae-, pre- + dīcere, to say; see deik- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: predict, call, forecast, foretell, prognosticate
These verbs mean to tell about something in advance of its occurrence by means of special knowledge or inference: predict an eclipse; couldn't call the outcome of the game; forecasting the weather; foretold events that would happen; prognosticating a rebellion.
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