forecast

verb
fore·​cast | \ ˈfȯr-ˌkast How to pronounce forecast (audio) ; fȯr-ˈkast\
forecast also forecasted; forecasting

Definition of forecast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to calculate or predict (some future event or condition) usually as a result of study and analysis of available pertinent data The company is forecasting reduced profits. especially : to predict (weather conditions) on the basis of correlated meteorological (see meteorology sense 1) observations They're forecasting rain for this weekend.
b : to indicate as likely to occur Optimists are forecasting an immediate upswing in business.
2 : to serve as a forecast of : presage Such events may forecast peace.

intransitive verb

: to calculate the future if it turns out as I forecasted

forecast

noun
fore·​cast | \ ˈfȯr-ˌkast How to pronounce forecast (audio) \

Definition of forecast (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from forecast

Verb

forecastable \ ˈfȯr-​ˌka-​stə-​bəl How to pronounce forecastable (audio) \ adjective
forecaster noun

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Verb

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

Examples of forecast in a Sentence

Verb

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

Noun

want to catch the weather forecast so I'll know what kind of clothes to pack for the trip tomorrow
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The agency forecasts sunny-day flooding this year in Boston at 12 to 19 days (the city had 19 last year). Wayne Parry, BostonGlobe.com, "‘A floodier future’: Scientists say records will be broken," 10 July 2019 The World Bank forecasts a shortfall in retirement savings in big countries of about $400trn dollars by 2050. The Economist, "Japan’s pension problems are a harbinger of challenges elsewhere," 9 July 2019 The National Weather Service forecasts more wind Friday, with gusts reaching to 18 mph. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Rocket Mortgage Classic: Round 1 'stress-free' for some but big names struggle," 27 June 2019 The health care investment bank SVB Leerink forecasts Vyleesi peak sales of only $90 million in 2025. STAT, "The FDA erred in approving new women’s libido drug; don’t reward Palatin Technologies," 24 June 2019 On Friday, the first day of summer, the NWS forecasts a high near 98, with heat index values as high as 109. Jacob Beltran, ExpressNews.com, "City, organizations help residents cope with rising heat," 20 June 2019 The new information forecasts tough competition -- and the possibility of tremendous rewards -- for the exploding podcast industry. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Study Shows Rise in Podcast Listening By Millennials, the Biggest 'Audio Generation'," 20 June 2019 And the central bank now forecasts economic growth of 2.1% this year. CBS News, "Wall Street ends higher after the Fed's hold-steady decision," 19 June 2019 Tyson Foods reported $40 billion in sales in its 2018 fiscal year; Beyond Meat, which held its IPO last month, forecasts $210 million in sales this year. Dee-ann Durbin, chicagotribune.com, "Meat and poultry king Tyson rolling out pea protein products too," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The forecast called for an unseasonably cool day in the desert, but the racers - running a marathon, 50 kilometers, 50 miles or 100 kilometers - had assembled specifically for a physiological test in the heat. Rick Maese, courant.com, "Extreme heat is changing sports, from the Olympics to local races," 15 July 2019 Barry is forecast to hit the lower Mississippi River Valley through portions of Arkansas, west Tennessee and northwest Mississippi with 3 to 6 inches of more rain. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things to know for July 15: Trump tweets, Barry, immigration," 15 July 2019 Earlier forecasts of quadruple that amount had raised concerns that water pumps strengthened after Hurricane Katrina would be overwhelmed. Fox News, "Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water," 14 July 2019 Computers and hardware, making up the second-largest category for college student back-to-school spending, is forecast to be $6.1 billion—a 38.6% gain from 2018's $4.4 billion. Kate Dwyer, Fortune, "Technology Sales Shine in a $52.96 billion Back-to-School Season," 12 July 2019 The Mercatus Center’s 10-year forecast: $32.6 trillion. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Democratic Presidential Contenders Prescribe Big Government Snake Oil," 11 July 2019 Dave Epstein Tropical Storm Barry is forecast to make landfall late Friday night or early Saturday across the Gulf Coast. Dave Epstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Gulf Coast gets ready for a big hit from Tropical Storm Barry," 11 July 2019 The National Hurricane Center's forecast for an unnamed potential tropical cyclone as of 10 a.m. CDT on Wednesday, July 10. Time, "New Orleans Is Flooding — and There's a Potential Hurricane This Weekend," 10 July 2019 But when and if there are future blackouts is uncertain. The company’s decision to turn off the power hinges on several variables, including the weather forecast, humidity and forest conditions. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "PG&E’s planned power shutdowns could choke off vital water supplies," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of forecast

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1527, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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forecast

verb

English Language Learners Definition of forecast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

forecast

noun

English Language Learners Definition of forecast (Entry 2 of 2)

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

forecast

verb
fore·​cast | \ ˈfȯr-ˌkast How to pronounce forecast (audio) \
forecast; forecasting

Kids Definition of forecast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to predict often after thought and study of available evidence

Other Words from forecast

forecaster noun

forecast

noun

Kids Definition of forecast (Entry 2 of 2)

: a prediction of something in the future a weather forecast

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