9 synonyms for ‘predict’
Do you know how the new year is going to turn out? If you are of the prediction-making mindset, have a look at our ‘predict’ synonyms to spice up your prognostications for what will come to pass in 2016. Trawling the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and OxfordDictionaries.com, we came up with some fun, alternative options. Check out the synonyms for predict below!
Meaning ‘to contemplate or conceive of as a possibility or a desirable future event’, the word envisage comes from the French envisage, from en– ‘in’ + visage ‘face’.
While this word gets a bad rap from its association with TV weatherpersons (just kidding, meteorologists!), the word forecast is another fine synonym for predict.
If you are predicting something you’re already pretty sure of, well, then maybe you’re more anticipating it. Meaning ‘to regard as probable’, and ‘to guess or be aware of’ something, anticipate comes from the Latin anticipat- ‘acted in advance’, and ultimately from anticipare, based on ante- ‘before’ + capere ‘take’.
Ah, a synonym worthy of Nostradamus! If you’ve got certain, let’s say, powers when it comes to prediction of specific events, then you might consider leaning on this synonym. Be careful not to confuse prophesy with prophecy!
How official sounding! You can probably get away with ‘prognosticating’ just about anything and be confident that someone will believe you.
A nice archaic way of saying ‘predict’, augur has an incredible backstory. In Roman times people tried to predict future events by keeping an eye on how animals and birds were acting. A person who observed the flight of birds for omens was known as an auspex. The word came from the Latin words avis ‘bird’ and specere ‘to look’. Another term for auspex was augur, which came from avis ‘bird’ and garrire ‘to talk’.
The word presage comes from via French from the Latin praesagium, from praesagire ‘forebode’, from prae ‘before’ + sagire ‘perceive keenly’.
Somewhat similar to presage in construction, previse comes from the Latin praevis- ‘foreseen, anticipated’, from the verb praevidere, from prae ‘before’ + videre ‘to see’.
Although it may look like a boggled version of pronunciate, this is actually another synonym for predict.