March 24, 2012
predict (verb)
\prih-DIKT\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to declare in advance : foretell on the basis of observation, experience, or reasoning
How do you use it?
Robert predicted that his team would win the playoffs and go on to win the championship.
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Can you predict which of the following words is related to "predict"?

If you decided on A, we say congratulations! "Predict" and "judge" both trace to the Latin root word "dicere" which can mean "to decide" or "to say." Latin speakers combined "dicere" with "prae-," meaning "pre-" or "before," to form "praedicere," the parent of "predict." That makes sense, since a person who predicts something says beforehand what is going to happen. "Judge" traces to the Latin "judicare," which was formed through the combination of "jus," meaning "right, law," with "dicere." Again, the combination makes sense, because a person judging something is stating what's right or just according to the evidence.
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