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

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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 There appears to be a window later Sunday afternoon to potentially start the race — but there’s more rain forecasted in the area for the evening. Chris Nelsen, Detroit Free Press, "FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway delayed by rain," 9 June 2019 With temperatures forecasted for the high 80s, New England better have plenty of towels stacked and ready to go. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Leave It to Tom Brady to Stuff Towels Down His Centers' Pants to Stop Sweat," 12 Sep. 2019 The park service said the cause of death was unknown but that a high risk of rip currents had been forecast for most of the beaches along Hatteras National Seashore on Sunday. Alex Johnson, NBC News, "20 dead in Bahamas as Hurricane Dorian threatens historic floods in Carolinas," 5 Sep. 2019 The extreme heat is expected to continue through this weekend, with highs forecast at 120 degrees for today and 122 for Sunday. Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times, "Woman dies in Death Valley National Park as temperatures approach 120 degrees," 31 Aug. 2019 By 2040 the construction of DEMO should start, and the connection to the grid is forecasted for 2060. Giulia Pacchioni, Scientific American, "The Road to Fusion," 26 Aug. 2019 There’s no rain in the forecast for Sunday, and high temperatures are forecast to climb into the upper-90s. Jesus Jimenez, Dallas News, "Scattered showers and storms possible this weekend in Dallas-Fort Worth," 23 Aug. 2019 That work was postponed due to the high temperatures forecast. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Towns Respond To Heat With Cooling Centers," 29 July 2019 That means all but far western Wisconsin won't hit the high temperatures and heat indexes of 100 or more that were forecast for Thursday. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Heat advisory canceled for Thursday; nasty heat still expected for Friday; power outages reported," 18 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Israeli Channel 12's projection shows Likud taking 33 seats and Blue and White with 34, while Channel 13 forecasts 31 seats for Netanyahu's party and 33 seats for his main challenger. Andrew Carey, CNN, "Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election plans in limbo as Israeli exit polls show tight contest," 17 Sep. 2019 Humberto is forecast to bring tropical-storm-force winds by late Wednesday, in addition to one to three inches of heavy rain. Fox News, "Hurricane Humberto forecast to become 'major' storm, lash Bermuda with heavy rain, high winds," 17 Sep. 2019 Humberto is forecast to turn more to the east today and tonight and pick up speed. Leigh Morgan, al, "Hurricane Humberto 2019: Bermuda now in the path as Humberto gets stronger," 16 Sep. 2019 Transurban forecasts high demand for the toll lanes. Washington Post, "395 Express Lanes on track to open in November," 14 Sep. 2019 Feltgen said that people in the U.S. should keep a careful eye on the forecast, as a storm system like this may shift. Tara Law, Time, "The Bahamas Are Still Devastated From Hurricane Dorian. A Tropical Storm Could Make Things Worse," 13 Sep. 2019 San Francisco’s high is forecast to fall to 72 on Saturday, and the cooling will continue Sunday. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "Sizzling temps in SF, Oakland to give way to Alaskan cold front," 13 Sep. 2019 The line of storms is then forecast to progress west to east across southern Wisconsin through the late evening, moving out over Lake Michigan and out of the area near or after midnight. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Severe weather threat expanded to include Milwaukee; flooding rains possible; tornado watch for southwest Wisconsin," 12 Sep. 2019 Longer term, the CBO in August forecast that the annual deficit would again top $1 trillion in 2020 and remain above that threshold over the next decade. CBS News, "U.S. budget deficit surpasses $1 trillion as government spending climbs," 12 Sep. 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 2

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The first known use of forecast was in the 15th century

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forecast

verb
How to pronounce forecast (audio)

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
How to pronounce forecast (audio)

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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