• WordNet 3.6
    • v predict indicate by signs "These signs bode bad news"
    • v predict make a prediction about; tell in advance "Call the outcome of an election"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A man filed a lawsuit against his doctor because he survived longer than what the doctor had predicted
    • n Predict A prediction.
    • v. t Predict To tell or declare beforehand; to foretell; to prophesy; to presage; as, to predict misfortune; to predict the return of a comet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Thomas Watson, who was the chairman of IBM in 1943 predicted that their would probably only be a world market for five computers.
    • predict To foretell; prophesy; declare before the event happens; prognosticate; also, to declare before the fact is known by direct experience.
    • predict Synonyms Prophesy, Presage, etc. (see foretell), foreshow, divine.
    • n predict A prediction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) was born on and died on days when Halley's Comet can be seen. During his life he predicted that he would die when it could be seen.
    • v.t Predict prē-dikt′ to declare or tell beforehand: to prophesy
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  • Yogi Berra
    “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
  • Peter F. Drucker
    “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
  • Steve Rivkin
    Steve Rivkin
    “The more unpredictable the world is the more we rely on predictions.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “With high hope for the future, no prediction is ventured.”
  • Brian Tracy
    “I've found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.”
  • Ben Bayol
    Ben Bayol
    “Most plans are just inaccurate predictions.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. praedictus, p. p. of praedicere, to predict; prae, before + dicere, to say, tell. See Diction, and cf. Preach
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. prædictus, pa.p. of prædicĕrepræ, before, dicĕre, to say.


In literature:

Nobody could conceivably predict when a ship from many light-years away would arrive!
"Talents, Incorporated" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Indeed, for many centuries later, the Chinese were unable to predict the position of the Sun accurately among the stars.
"The Story of Eclipses" by George Chambers
Now there was no predictable course men could shape their actions to avoid.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
A poet, of some celebrity, predicted the fortunes of Tasmania.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
In order that his theory be validated, it was necessary that the theory be able to predict, in broad terms, the future actions of the Nipe.
"Anything You Can Do ..." by Gordon Randall Garrett
He shook his head when we spoke of the termination of the war, and predicted its long continuance.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
The fog which Captain Mayo had predicted was coming.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
The last predictions of Burke were therefore justified.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
Has not the end of the world by the agency of comets been often enough predicted?
"Astronomy for Amateurs" by Camille Flammarion
Was his heart already hungry, as she had predicted?
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann

In poetry:

Predictions in abundance meet
To join their blessings on his head
Jesus, we worship at thy feet,
And nations own the promised Seed.
"Hymn 135" by Isaac Watts
And if a song is simply gaining
Your heart with non-predicted grace,
All vanish -- only they are reigning:
The stars, the singer, and the space!
""To cure wounds is so rigid"" by Osip Emilevich Mandelstam
He further heard that holy voice
Predict that through his tribe would be
Blessings in which all should rejoice,
Blessings which all the world should see.
"Alone" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass
First Jew. He comes, he comes! the long predicted prince,
Cyrus! the destined instument of Heaven,
To free our captive nation, and restore
Jehovah's temple. Carnage marks his way,
And conquest sits upon his plume-crown'd helm.
"Belshazzar. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
Believing, in the midst of our afflictions,
That death is a beginning, not an end,
We cry to them, and send
Farewells, that better might be called predictions,
Being fore-shadowings of the future, thrown
Into the vast Unknown.
"In The Harbour: Auf Wiedersehen" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The ship pitched heavily and could be felt touching the ground,
Then Captain Gordon warned the Sergeant-Major and officers all round,
That they might expect a storm, to him it seemed plain;
And, as he predicted, it blew a terrific hurricane.
"The Wreck of the 'Abercrombie Robinson'" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

BYESVILLE In his third year at the helm of the Meadowbrook program, head coach Jesse Wells is predicting that success has arrived along with new turf on Eugene Capers Field.
See who they think will win, then vote on who you think should come back next week to make more predictions.
Circulating Tumor Cells Predicted Recurrence, Death in Patients with Early-stage Breast Cancer.
Meteorologists remain cautious about predicting the end of.
Buddy Collings' Football Playoff Predictions for Round One.
A cartoon by Brian McFadden predicts how people will spend their time this fall.
Predictably, big business has weighed in on behalf of racial preferences in Fisher v.
We often overlook these variables when predicting.
A climatologist in north Alabama is predicting Alabama will have an active spring tornado season.
California scientists are hunting ways to predict who's about to have a heart attack, and they say they've found a key clue.
Predicting the election through 7-11 coffee cup sales.
Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Santa Teresa predict a 50 percent chance of rain for tonight, turning into a 60 percent chance of snow on Friday morning.
Employment numbers lagged last month, contrary to predictions that the economy would experience better job growth.
At Conclave , A Prediction And Promise.
The Washington Post) As predicted, Chief Financial Officer Natwar M.

In science:

The theory (which consists in assuming a particular form of the function G(X )) can be tested by measuring X at the initial time, predicting X at the final time and verifying the prediction.
Complex Systems: a Physicist's Viewpoint
These are consistent with the analytical prediction by Totsuka.7) The small randomness induced plateau is also predicted near the saturation field.
Magnetization Plateaux in Random Frustrated S=1/2 Heisenberg Chains
The extraction of quantitative predictions for GC dynamics from models of these processes will be a challenging task — as will be the complete and accurate empirical characterization of kinematics to test those predictions.
Dynamics of the Globular Cluster System Associated with M49 (NGC4472): Cluster Orbital Properties and the Distribution of Dark Matter
Comparing with the theoretical predictions at solar metallicity, one obtains that the non–rotating models predict too few WN stars, while the rotating models give a value in the observed trend.
Stellar evolution with rotation X: Wolf-Rayet star populations at solar metallicity
We have compared our predictions with an updated large set of high-redshift observations and we found an overall good agreement between our predictions and all the observational evidence considered in the present work.
The cosmic evolution of the galaxy luminosity density