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

  • transitive v. To tell of or indicate beforehand; predict.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To tell what's going to happen in the future, especially but not necessarily by having the power of clairvoyance and using it.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To utter predictions.
  • transitive v. To predict; to tell before occurence; to prophesy; to foreshow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To tell beforehand, or in advance of the event; predict; prophesy.
  • Synonyms To vaticinate; Foretell, Prophesy, Predict, Presage, Forebode, Prognosticate, may represent the act of a person correctly or incorrectly asserting what will happen. Foretell is the general word for telling beforehand, and generally correctly. Prophesy and predict are often used lightly for foretell, but in strictness they are more forcible words, prophesy, through its use in the Scripture, often implying supernatural help, and predict precision of calculation or knowledge. Presage implies superior wisdom or perception; to forebode is to anticipate or prophesy evil, especially indefinite evil. To prognosticate is to foretell by studying signs or symptoms: as, to prognosticate bad weather or the course of a disease. See omen.
  • To utter prediction or prophecy.

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

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


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From fore- +‎ tell. Compare Latinate premonition.



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