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forecast

verb fore·cast \ ˈfȯr-ˌkast ; fȯr-ˈkast \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of forecast

forecast also forecasted; forecasting
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
  • The company is forecasting reduced profits.
; especially : to predict (weather conditions) on the basis of correlated meteorological (see meteorology 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

forecastable

play \ˈfȯr-ˌka-stə-bəl\ adjective

forecaster

noun

Examples of forecast in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of forecast from the Web

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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

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forecast

noun fore·cast \ ˈfȯr-ˌkast \

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 in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of forecast from the Web

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First Known Use of forecast

1527

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms


FORECAST Defined for English Language Learners

forecast

verb

Definition of forecast for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of forecast for English Language Learners

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


FORECAST Defined for Kids

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forecast

verb fore·cast \ ˈfȯr-ˌkast \

Definition of forecast for Students

forecast; forecasting
: to predict often after thought and study of available evidence

forecaster

noun

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forecast

noun

Definition of forecast for Students

: a prediction of something in the future a weather forecast


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