Meaning of PREDICTION in English
pre ‧ dic ‧ tion AC /prɪˈdɪkʃ ə n/ BrE AmE noun [uncountable and countable]
[ Word Family: noun : ↑ prediction , ↑ predictability ≠ ↑ unpredictability , ↑ predictor ; adjective : ↑ predictable ≠ ↑ unpredictable , ↑ predictive ; verb : ↑ predict ; adverb : ↑ predictably ≠ ↑ unpredictably ]
a statement about what you think is going to happen, or the act of making this statement
predictions of a Republican victory
The data can be used to make useful economic predictions.
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▪ make a prediction
It is far too early to make predictions about the outcome of the inquiry.
▪ confirm a prediction (=show that it was right)
They are now planning further tests to confirm their predictions.
Jane's prediction proved to be accurate.
▪ a confident prediction (=one that you think is probably right)
The situation is so uncertain that it is hard to make a confident prediction.
▪ a dire/gloomy prediction (=saying that something bad will happen)
There have been some gloomy predictions about the economy recently.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Longman - Словарь современного английского языка. 2012