Prognosticate Definition

prognosticated, prognosticates, prognosticating
prognosticated, prognosticates, prognosticating
To foretell or predict, esp. from signs or indications.
Webster's New World
To foreshadow; portend.
Urban renewal that prognosticates a social and cultural renaissance.
American Heritage
To indicate beforehand.
Webster's New World

To predict or forecast, especially through the application of skill.

Examining the tea-leaves, she prognosticated dark days ahead.
The bluebells may prognosticate an early spring this year.

Origin of Prognosticate

  • Middle English pronosticaten from Medieval Latin prognōsticāre prognōsticāt- from Latin prognōsticum sign of the future from Greek prognōstikon from neuter of prognōstikos foreknowing prognostic

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Medieval Latin prognosticare; see prognostic for more.

    From Wiktionary

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