Usage note: expectdiscussing predictionsThe number of people using cell phones to purchase goods and services is expected/likely to more than double by the end of 2015.Experts have predicted/forecast that the number of people using their cell phones to pay for goods and services should exceed 190 million in 2015.This figure is set to reach 200 million by 2016.By 2015, 800 million cell phone users worldwide will be participating in social networks via their phone.Sales of cell phones in 2010 were lower than expected.The company's announcement of 1.26 billion handsets sold for the year is in line with predictions.⇨ Language Banks at fall, illustrate, increase, proportionUsage note: predictpredict verbaccurately, correctly, confidently, reliablyEven very sophisticated computer models cannot accurately predict the course of a storm.impossible to, difficult toThere are always events, such as political or natural disasters, that are impossible to predict and that affect the economy.outcome|future|behavior|likelihood, probabilityHistorians are better at reading the past than predicting the future.The computer model uses data from midsummer winds to predict the likelihood of hurricanes striking the United States later in the season.hypothesis, model, theory|analyst, economist, expert, forecasterThe hypothesis predicts that fathers who come from families that were more nurturing will have stronger attitudes about fatherhood.as predicted byAs predicted by previous research, dark-colored roof surfaces were shown to be absorbing solar radiation.prediction noundire|accurate|testable|theoretical|qualitative, quantitativeDire predictions were made about the fate of the Antarctic ecosystem.These results support the theoretical predictions.Ecologists often need to make quantitative predictions about how animal and plant populations will change.test|confirm, validate, verify|contradict|makeThe results confirm the prediction and support the hypothesis.be consistent with|be inconsistent withThese results are consistent with our initial predictions.This finding is inconsistent with the predictions of the traditional model.predictable adjectivefairly|perfectlyHistorically, water levels in the swamp rose and fell in a fairly predictable pattern.unpredictable adjectivetotally|somewhat|inherentlyChile faces increasing and somewhat unpredictable regional competition from Argentina and Brazil.
to say that something will happen in the futuresynonym forecast predict somethinga reliable method of predicting earthquakesNobody could predict the outcome.The party is predicting a majority of 20 seats. predict what, whether, etc.…It is impossible to predict what will happen. predict (that)…She predicted that the election result would be close.He predicted (that) it would be a smash hit. it is predicted that…It was predicted that inflation would continue to fall. someone/something is predicted to do somethingThe trial is predicted to last for months.This figure is predicted to rise to one billion by the year 2015. predicted adjective