AskDefine | Define prognosticate

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1 make a prediction about; tell in advance; "Call the outcome of an election" [syn: predict, foretell, call, forebode, anticipate, promise]
2 indicate by signs; "These signs bode bad news" [syn: bode, portend, auspicate, omen, presage, betoken, foreshadow, augur, foretell, prefigure, forecast, predict]

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From Old Italian prognosticare, from Latin prognosticum (-con), from Ancient Greek προγνωστικόν (prognostikon), neutral of προγνωστικός (prognostikos) "foreknowing, prescient, prognostic", from prefix πρό- (pro-) + γνωστικός (gnostikos) "of or for knowing, good at knowing", from γιγνώσκω (gignosko) "to learn to know, to perceive, to mark, to learn".


  • /prɒg'nɒstɪkeɪt/


  1. To predict or forecast, especially through the application of skill.
    Examining the tea-leaves, she prognosticated dark days ahead.
  2. To presage, betoken.
    The bluebells may prognosticate an early spring this year.


  • 1598 — William Shakespeare, Sonnet xiv
    But from thine eyes my knowledge I derive,And constant stars in them I read such artAs 'Truth and beauty shall together thrive,If from thyself, to store thou wouldst convert';Or else of thee this I prognosticate:'Thy end is truth's and beauty's doom and date.'
  • 1847 — Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights ch. 7 I intend lengthening the night till afternoon. I prognosticate for myself an obstinate cold, at least.


predict, foretell

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Prognosis is a doctor's prediction about a disease.
Prognosis may also refer to:
  • Prediction, a statement or claim that a particular event will occur in the future
  • Prognostics, an engineering discipline focused on predicting the future condition or estimating remaining useful life of a component and/or system of components
  • Precognition, the psychic ability to perceive information about future places or events before they happen
  • Fortune-telling, predicting the future, usually of an individual
  • Divination, the practice of ascertaining information from supernatural sources

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

adumbrate, announce, augur, bet, betoken, cast a horoscope, cast a nativity, divine, dope, dope out, dowse for water, forebode, forecast, foresee, foreshadow, foretell, foretoken, fortune-tell, gamble, guess, harbinger, hariolate, herald, make a prediction, make a prognosis, make a prophecy, make book, portend, predict, prefigure, presage, prophesy, read palms, read tea leaves, read the future, risk, signal, soothsay, speculate, take a chance, tell fortunes, tell the future, vaticinate
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