Definition of predict verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

    

predict

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//prɪˈdɪkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈdɪkt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they predict
BrE BrE//prɪˈdɪkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈdɪkt//
 
he / she / it predicts
BrE BrE//prɪˈdɪkts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈdɪkts//
 
past simple predicted
BrE BrE//prɪˈdɪktɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈdɪktɪd//
 
past participle predicted
BrE BrE//prɪˈdɪktɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈdɪktɪd//
 
-ing form predicting
BrE BrE//prɪˈdɪktɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈdɪktɪŋ//
 
 
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to say that something will happen in the future synonym forecast predict something a reliable method of predicting earthquakes Nobody 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. somebody/something is predicted to do something The trial is predicted to last for months. This figure is predicted to rise to one billion by the year 2015. Language BankexpectDiscussing predictions The number of people using mobile 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 mobile 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 mobile phone users worldwide will be participating in social networks via their phone. Sales of mobile phones in 2009 were lower than expected. The company’s announcement of 1.26 billion handsets sold for the year is in line with predictions. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Latin praedict- ‘made known beforehand, declared’, from the verb praedicere, from prae- ‘beforehand’ + dicere ‘say’.Extra examples Every step in the movie is easily predicted. Few would have dared to predict such a landslide victory. I think I can safely predict that they will fight the verdict. It is not possible to predict with any certainty what effect this will have. It is safe to predict that this trend will persist. It is still too early to predict the degree to which prices will rise. Newton’s theories allow us to predict the flight of a ball. The author boldly predicts the end of the Communist Party’s rule. This result had been widely predicted by the opinion polls. We can predict from this information what is likely to happen next. We can predict with absolute confidence how the newspapers will react. We can reasonably predict what is going to happen. You cannot predict the weather with absolute accuracy. a computer model used to predict future weather patterns This figure is predicted to rise to one billion by the year 2010.
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