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 Target's sales are expected to have risen 8%, and Alibaba's revenue is forecast to have grown by 14%. David Goldman, CNN, "Countries' massive debt piles are turning into a disaster," 17 May 2020 Early next week the storm is forecast to move up the Eastern Seaboard, just offshore, into cooler waters with gradually weakening likely. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "A tropical weather system is developing near Florida. Is this a sign of a busy season ahead?," 15 May 2020 Clari, the Sunnyvale, California, technology company that uses A.I. to companies to better forecast and improve their revenue collection, has appointed Laura MacKinnon as its chief people officer. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "A.I. engineers should spend time training not just algorithms, but also the humans who use them," 5 May 2020 And some modeling by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still forecasts well over 100,000 deaths, depending on how much Americans reduce contact. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Coronavirus deaths eclipse 11-year Vietnam War casualties in 9 weeks; pandemic among deadliest U.S. events," 30 Apr. 2020 Another round of severe weather is forecast for later Wednesday in the Southeast. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Storms bring hurricane-force winds across 500 miles in south-central US. More severe weather is on the way.," 30 Apr. 2020 Many analysts have revised their new-vehicle sales estimates in the U.S. for 2020, originally forecasting sales of 16.5 million to 17 million, and now projecting sales of between 13 and 14 million. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Expect U.S. Car Sales and Production to Decline Dramatically," 23 Mar. 2020 The storms are forecast to move out by Wednesday, and Thursday and Friday look to be dry and on the summer-like side. Leigh Morgan, al, "A few strong storms possible today and Tuesday," 23 Mar. 2020 Weiers and the City Council made cuts to staff and services, increased sales taxes dramatically, and put policies in place to better forecast and spend in the future. Jen Fifield, azcentral, "Glendale's mayor just got a challenger for 2020 election. Here's who is running," 13 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Indian economy is headed for its first full-year contraction in more than four decades, while Fitch Solutions in April lowered Bangladesh’s GDP growth forecast. Pratik Parija, Bloomberg.com, "Biggest Storm in 20 Years Spurs South Asia to Evacuate Millions," 19 May 2020 The solar cycle forecast is based on a NOAA and NASA co-chaired international panel. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "The sun is experiencing a less active phase called 'solar minimum,' but it won't cause an ice age like last time," 19 May 2020 The latest forecast shows that the camps are not in the direct path of the cyclone, said Francesca Fontanini, a spokeswoman for international aid groups. Joanna Slater, Anchorage Daily News, "India and Bangladesh prepare for monster cyclone as pandemic rages," 19 May 2020 The latest forecast shows that the camps are not in the direct path of the cyclone, said Francesca Fontanini, a spokeswoman for international aid groups. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "India and Bangladesh prepare for monster cyclone as pandemic rages," 19 May 2020 Most forecasts from other research groups are calling for an active season, which has already gotten underway with Tropical Storm Arthur spinning off the Southeast Coast this week. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Global warming is making hurricanes stronger, study says," 18 May 2020 Corporate earnings forecasts from automakers and other manufacturers suggest the decline is likely to steepen. Time, "Japan Officially Slides Into Recession – and the Worst Is Yet to Come," 18 May 2020 But the model cautions that looking that far out isn't as informative as the short-term forecast. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "ASU publishes new COVID-19 data website, first updated model after DHS dust-up," 18 May 2020 The forecast includes the chance of thunderstorms to wrap up the weekend. oregonlive, "Portland weather: Wet weekend ahead," 16 May 2020

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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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21 May 2020

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“Forecast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forecast. Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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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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