An example of prognosticate is to say who is going to win an election before the results are announced.
transitive verb-·cat·ed, -·cat·ing
- to foretell or predict, esp. from signs or indications
- to indicate beforehand
Origin of prognosticatefrom Medieval Latin prognosticatus, past participle of prognosticare from prognosticus: see prognostic
transitive verbprog·nos·ti·cat·ed, prog·nos·ti·cat·ing, prog·nos·ti·cates
- To predict according to present indications or signs; foretell. See Synonyms at predict.
- To foreshadow; portend: urban renewal that prognosticates a social and cultural renaissance.
Origin of prognosticateMiddle English pronosticaten from Medieval Latin prognōsticāre prognōsticāt- from Latin prognōsticum sign of the future from Greek prognōstikon from neuter of prognōstikos foreknowing ; see prognostic .
(third-person singular simple present prognosticates, present participle prognosticating, simple past and past participle prognosticated)
From Medieval Latin prognosticare; see prognostic for more.