Prognosticate meaning

prŏg-nŏs'tĭ-kāt'
Prognosticate is defined as to predict.

An example of prognosticate is to say who is going to win an election before the results are announced.

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To predict according to present indications or signs; foretell.
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To foreshadow; portend.

Urban renewal that prognosticates a social and cultural renaissance.

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To foretell or predict, esp. from signs or indications.
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To indicate beforehand.
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To predict or forecast, especially through the application of skill.

Examining the tea-leaves, she prognosticated dark days ahead.

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The bluebells may prognosticate an early spring this year.

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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