Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A prediction.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A prediction.
  • transitive verb To tell or declare beforehand; to foretell; to prophesy; to presage

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Latin praedīcere, praedict- : prae-, pre- + dīcere, to say; see deik- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

17th Century: from Latin praedīcere ("to mention beforehand"), from prae ("before") + dīcere ("to say").

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