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1forecast

verb fore·cast \-ˌkast; fr-ˈkast\

: to say that (something) will happen in the future : to predict (something, such as weather) after looking at the information that is available

forecast also fore·cast·edfore·cast·ing

Full Definition of FORECAST

transitive verb
1
a :  to calculate or predict (some future event or condition) usually as a result of study and analysis of available pertinent data; especially :  to predict (weather conditions) on the basis of correlated meteorological observations
b :  to indicate as likely to occur
2
:  to serve as a forecast of :  presage <such events may forecast peace>
intransitive verb
:  to calculate the future
fore·cast·able \-ˌkas-tə-bəl\ adjective
fore·cast·er noun
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Examples of FORECAST

  1. They're forecasting rain for this weekend.
  2. The company is forecasting reduced profits.
  3. Experts forecast that the economy will slow in the coming months.

First Known Use of FORECAST

15th century

Synonym Discussion of FORECAST

foretell, predict, forecast, prophesy, prognosticate mean to tell beforehand. foretell applies to the telling of the coming of a future event by any procedure or any source of information <seers foretold the calamity>. predict commonly implies inference from facts or accepted laws of nature <astronomers predicted an eclipse>. forecast adds the implication of anticipating eventualities and differs from predict in being usually concerned with probabilities rather than certainties <forecast snow>. prophesy connotes inspired or mystic knowledge of the future especially as the fulfilling of divine threats or promises <prophesying a new messiah>. prognosticate is used less often than the other words; it may suggest learned or skilled interpretation, but more often it is simply a colorful substitute for predict or prophesy <prognosticating the future>.

2forecast

noun fore·cast \ˈfr-ˌkast\

: a statement about what you think is going to happen in the future

Full Definition of FORECAST

1
archaic :  foresight of consequences and provision against them :  forethought
2
:  a prophecy, estimate, or prediction of a future happening or condition

Examples of FORECAST

  1. <want to catch the weather forecast so I'll know what kind of clothes to pack for the trip tomorrow>

First Known Use of FORECAST

1527

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms

monsoon, occlusion, ozone, rime, squall, zephyr
FORECASTED Defined for Kids

1forecast

verb fore·cast \ˈfr-ˌkast\
forecastfore·cast·ing

Definition of FORECAST for Kids

:  to predict often after thought and study of available evidence
fore·cast·er noun

2forecast

noun

Definition of FORECAST for Kids

:  a prediction of something in the future <a weather forecast>

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