- The definition of predict is to say what will happen in the future.
An example of predict is a weather person saying it's going to rain tomorrow.
Origin of predict; from Classical Latin praedictus, past participle of praedicere ; from prae-, before (see pre-) + dicere, to tell: see diction
verbpre·dict·ed, pre·dict·ing, pre·dicts
Origin of predictLatin praedīcere, praedict- : prae-, pre- + dīcere, to say; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present predicts, present participle predicting, simple past and past participle predicted)
- To state, or make something known in advance, especially using inference or special knowledge.
- to predict misfortune; to predict the return of a comet
- How did Nostradamus predict that this would happen?
- To believe or hold to be true in advance; forehold; surmise.
- How could I ever predict this could happen?
- (intransitive) To foretell, foresee or prophesy.
- (obsolete) A prediction.
17th Century: from Latin praedīcere (“to mention beforehand”), from prae (“before”) + dīcere (“to say”).