Meaning of “prediction” in the English Dictionary

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"prediction" in British English

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predictionnoun [ C or U ]

uk /prɪˈdɪk.ʃən/ us /prɪˈdɪk.ʃən/

B2 a statement about what you think will happen in the future:

Please don't ask me to make any predictions about tomorrow's meeting.
[ + that ] No one believed her prediction that the world would end on 12 November.

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  • The prediction of 4 million unemployed now looks horrifyingly realistic.
  • The figures are imprecise because they're based on a prediction of next year's sales.
  • This environmental report contains more dark predictions about the future of the earth.
  • Their predictions were hopelessly out of line with the actual results.
  • Her predictions turned out to be uncannily accurate.

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

"prediction" in Business English

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predictionnoun [ C ]

uk /prɪˈdɪkʃən/ us

a statement about what you think will happen in the future:

make a prediction Analysts are busy making predictions about what we can expect in the next budget.
prediction that This fall has confirmed our prediction that confidence would soften in the wake of interest rate rises.
prediction of sth Output will grow by only 2.2% this year, well down on last October's prediction of 3.6%.
prediction for sth His prediction for the economy in 2003, which many thought over-optimistic, turned out to be spot-on.

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