Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To state, tell about, or make known in advance, especially on the basis of special knowledge.
  • intransitive v. To foretell something; prophesy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To state, or make something known in advance, especially using inference or special knowledge.
  • v. To believe or hold to be true in advance; forehold; surmise.
  • v. To foretell, foresee or prophesy.
  • n. A prediction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To tell or declare beforehand; to foretell; to prophesy; to presage
  • n. A prediction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To foretell; prophesy; declare before the event happens; prognosticate; also, to declare before the fact is known by direct experience.
  • Synonyms Prophesy, Presage, etc. (see foretell), foreshow, divine.
  • n. A prediction.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. indicate by signs
  • v. make a prediction about; tell in advance

Etymologies

Latin praedīcere, praedict- : prae-, pre- + dīcere, to say; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
17th Century: from Latin praedīcere ("to mention beforehand"), from prae ("before") + dīcere ("to say"). (Wiktionary)

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