Definition of prediction noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//prɪˈdɪkʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈdɪkʃn//
[countable, uncountable]
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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 government'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. CollocationsScientific researchTheory formulate/​advance a theory/​hypothesis build/​construct/​create/​develop a simple/​theoretical/​mathematical model develop/​establish/​provide/​use a theoretical/​conceptual framework 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/​measurements/​calculations 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 behaviour/(especially US English) 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 analyse/​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 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 mid 16th cent.: from Latin praedictio(n-), from praedicere ‘make known beforehand’, from prae ‘beforehand’ + dicare ‘make known’.Extra examples Could the panel give their prediction as to who he will appoint to the post? Despite earlier dire predictions, shares remained steady. I’ve learned not to make predictions about the weather. In this study, we made no specific predictions about likely outcomes. It turned out my prediction was right. Let me get your predictions on the final score. Our prediction turns out to be correct. Six hundred workers there lost their jobs today, amid gloomy predictions that there could be worse to come. The results of the experiment confirmed their predictions. The sales results exceeded even the most optimistic predictions. Their success defies the predictions made by most experts. This study tests these predictions. the best available prediction of future interest rates the dire predictions by economists of a worldwide recession the discrepancy between the theoretical predictions and the results the government’s prediction for unemployment their predictions of future growth At the moment, we cannot make precise predictions about demand. It’s difficult to make accurate predictions about the effects on the environment. Not many people agree with the government’s prediction that the economy will improve.
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