Meaning of “predict” in the English Dictionary

"predict" in British English

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predictverb [ T ]

uk /prɪˈdɪkt/ us /prɪˈdɪkt/

B1 to say that an event or action will happen in the future, especially as a result of knowledge or experience:

It's still not possible to accurately predict the occurrence of earthquakes.
[ + that ] Who could have predicted that within ten years he'd be in charge of the whole company?
[ + question word ] No one can predict when the disease will strike again.

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  • We can predict changes in climate with a surprising degree of accuracy.
  • I cannot predict what will happen next year.
  • The papers are predicting that the prime minister will call an election in the spring.
  • Heavy snowfalls are predicted for tonight and tomorrow.
  • It was predicted that a comet would collide with one of the planets.

(Definition of “predict” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"predict" in American English

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predictverb

us /prɪˈdɪkt/

to say that an event or action will happen in the future:

[ T ] Astronomers can predict the exact time of an eclipse.
[ + that clause ] Who could have predicted that she would win the election?
[ + to infinitive ] The storm is predicted to reach the Florida coast tomorrow morning.
[ + question word ] No one can predict when the disease will strike again.
prediction
noun [ C/U ] us /prɪˈdɪk·ʃən/

[ C ] We are not yet able to make accurate predictions about earthquakes.

(Definition of “predict” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"predict" in Business English

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predictverb [ T ]

uk /prɪˈdɪkt/ us

to say what you think will happen in the future:

They predict a 2% to 4% sales increase.
predict that sth Economists correctly predicted that interest rates would continue to fall to try and prevent an economic slowdown.
be predicted to do sth The number of self-employed people has been predicted to rise by 20% over the next five years.
predict when sth It's difficult to predict when consumer confidence might be restored.

(Definition of “predict” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)