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Definition of prediction noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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a statement that says what you think will happen; the act of making such a statement Not many people agree with the administration's prediction that the economy will improve. The results of the experiment confirmed our predictions. Skilled readers make use of context and prediction. It's difficult to make accurate predictions about the effects on the environment. AWL Collocationspredictpredict 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 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 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. Topic CollocationsScientific Researchtheory formulate/advance a theory/hypothesis build/construct/create/develop a simple/theoretical/mathematical model develop/establish/provide/use a theoretical/conceptual framework/an algorithm advance/argue/develop the thesis that… explore an idea/a concept/a hypothesis make a prediction/an inference base a prediction/your calculations on something investigate/evaluate/accept/challenge/reject a theory/hypothesis/modelexperiment design an experiment/a questionnaire/a study/a test do research/an experiment/an analysis make observations/calculations take/record measurements carry out/conduct/perform an experiment/a test/a longitudinal study/observations/clinical trials run an experiment/a simulation/clinical trials repeat an experiment/a test/an analysis replicate a study/the results/the findings observe/study/examine/investigate/assess a pattern/a process/a behavior fund/support the research/project/study seek/provide/get/secure funding for researchresults collect/gather/extract data/information yield data/evidence/similar findings/the same results analyze/examine the data/soil samples/a specimen consider/compare/interpret the results/findings fit the data/model confirm/support/verify a prediction/a hypothesis/the results/the findings prove a conjecture/hypothesis/theorem draw/make/reach the same conclusions read/review the records/literature describe/report an experiment/a study present/publish/summarize the results/findings present/publish/read/review/cite a paper in a scientific journal Language Bankexpectdiscussing predictions The 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.
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