Predict vs Plan - What's the difference?

predict | plan |

As nouns the difference between predict and plan

is that predict is (obsolete) a prediction while plan is a tablet (for writing and erasing).

As a verb predict

is to make a prediction: to forecast, foretell, or estimate a future event on the basis of knowledge and reasoning; to prophesy a future event on the basis of mystical knowledge or power.


Alternative forms

* (archaic)


(en verb)
  • To make a prediction: to forecast, foretell, or estimate a future event on the basis of knowledge and reasoning; to prophesy a future event on the basis of mystical knowledge or power.
  • *1590 , E. Daunce, A Briefe Discourse on the Spanish State , 40
  • *:After he had renounced his father]]s bishoprick of Valentia in Spaine... and to attaine by degrees the Maiesty of , was created Duke of that place, gaue for his poesie, Aut Cesar, aut nihil . which being not fauoured from the heauens, had presently the [[event, euent the same predicted .
  • :2000 , , (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) , xiii.
  • ::Professor Trelawney kept predicting Harry’s death, which he found extremely annoying.
  • :2012 , (Jeremy Bernstein), " A Palette of Particles" in (American Scientist) , Vol. 100, No. 2, p. 146
  • ::The physics of elementary particles in the 20th century was distinguished by the observation of particles whose existence had been predicted by theorists sometimes decades earlier.
  • To imply.
  • *1886 , Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society , 177. 338
  • *:It is interesting to see how clearly theory predicts the difference between the ascending and descending curves of a dynamo.
  • To make predictions.
  • *1652 , J. Gaule, ???-?????? the mag-astro-mancer , 196
  • *:The devil can both predict and make predictors.
  • (transitive, military, rare) To direct a ranged weapon against a target by means of a predictor.
  • *1943 , L. Cheshire, Bomber Pilot , iii. 57
  • *:They're predicting us now; looks like a barrage.
  • Synonyms

    * (l),


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A prediction.
  • * 1609 , :
  • Or say with Princes if it shall go well, / By oft predict that I in heaven find.




    (en noun)
  • A drawing showing technical details of a building, machine, etc., with unwanted details omitted, and often using symbols rather than detailed drawing to represent doors, valves, etc.
  • The plans for many important buildings were once publicly available.
  • A set of intended actions, usually mutually related, through which one expects to achieve a goal.
  • He didn't really have a plan ; he had a goal and a habit of control.
  • A two-dimensional drawing of a building as seen from above with obscuring or irrelevant details such as roof removed, or of a floor of a building, revealing the internal layout; as distinct from the elevation.
  • Seen in plan , the building had numerous passageways not apparent to visitors.
  • A method; a way of procedure; a custom.
  • * Wordsworth
  • The simple plan , / That they should take who have the power, / And they should keep who can.

    Usage notes

    * A plan ("set of intended actions") can be developed, executed, implemented, ignored, abandoned, scrapped, changed, etc.


    * (drawing of a building from above): floor plan

    Derived terms

    * battleplan * floor plan * business plan * development plan * marketing plan * masterplan * game plan * contingency plan * action plan * escalation plan * lesson plan * plan A * plan B * price plan * rate plan


  • To design (a building, machine, etc.).
  • To create a plan for.
  • To intend.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-10, volume=408, issue=8848, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Can China clean up fast enough? , passage=It has jailed environmental activists and is planning to limit the power of judicial oversight by handing a state-approved body a monopoly over bringing environmental lawsuits.}}
  • See plan on.
  • To make a plan.
  • Usage notes

    * This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive . See

    Derived terms

    * planner * plan on * plan out