(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. presage, portend; forecast, prognosticate, predict. See prediction.
(Roget's IV) v.
Syn. predict, prophesy, prognosticate, divine, foresee, announce in advance, forecast, soothsay, tell fortunes, cast a horoscope, vaticinate, foreknow, forebode, augur, betoken, portend, foreshadow, adumbrate, foretoken, presage, prefigure, foreshow.
Ant. record*, confirm, recount.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
predict, forecast, prophesy, foresee, divine, augur, presage, prognosticate, anticipate, forebode, portend, warn.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To tell about or make known (future events) in advance, especially by means of special knowledge or inference: call, forecast, predict, prognosticate, project. See FORESIGHT. 2. To tell about or make known (future events) by or as if by supernatural means: augur, divine, prophesy, soothsay, vaticinate. See FORESIGHT. 3. To give an indication of something in advance: adumbrate, augur, bode, forecast, forerun, foreshadow, foretoken, portend, prefigure, presage, prognosticate. See FORESIGHT, SHOW.

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