forecast

verb
fore·​cast | \ ˈfȯr-ˌkast ; 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 \

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 \ 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

Many analysts have forecast further declines barring an especially frigid February. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "Drillers Are Easing Off the Gas," 27 Jan. 2019 Will designers try to reflect the fact that by the time these collections are available for sale the nation is widely forecast to be struggling in a post-Brexit chaos of its own dubiously conceived but undeniably democratic making? Luke Leitch, Vogue, "6 Talking Points From the Fall 2019 Menswear Season to Come Inspired by Virgil... (Not the Virgil that You’re Thinking Of)," 3 Jan. 2019 Economists have forecast that employers added 189,000 jobs in August and that the unemployment rate dipped from an already-low 3.9 percent to 3.8 percent, according to data provider FactSet. Christopher Rugaber, Fox News, "Solid US job growth is likely to be reported for August," 7 Sep. 2018 The group has forecast that 246 million people would travel by air between June 1 and Aug. 31, up 3.7 percent from a year earlier. Fortune, "Looking to Avoid Airport Crowds? You'll Have to Wait Till Thanksgiving — Or Christmas," 5 July 2018 The National Weather Service has forecasted a high in the mid-90s for the city Saturday, with heat index values as high as 106. Ese Olumhense, chicagotribune.com, "Thousands expected in Loop Saturday to rally against separation of immigrant families," 29 June 2018 Wall Street analysts had forecast Kroger would generate $560 million in profits before one-time items and notch $37 billion in sales for the quarter. Alexander Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Kroger nets $2B profit on sale of convenience stores," 21 June 2018 With the summer solstice quickly on its way, Pandora has forecasted what songs will rule this season by curating its 2018 Songs of Summer Playlist. Shanté Honeycutt, Billboard, "Pandora Predicts 2018's Songs of the Summer, Including Cardi B, Drake & Ariana Grande," 12 June 2018 The European model has forecast rainfall totals ranging from 2 to 4 inches through Monday. CBS News, "Tropical cyclone possible in Gulf of Mexico this weekend, National Hurricane Center says," 25 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To test these different factors individually, the researchers used the same high-resolution NOAA model that produces a forecast of hurricane activity at the start of the season. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "What pushed 2017’s Atlantic hurricane season into overdrive?," 28 Sep. 2018 The Youth Climate March began in a drizzle, with a forecast of steady, unrelenting rain on the way. Kristen Doerer, Teen Vogue, "Youth Climate Change Activists Marched on Washington, D.C.," 22 July 2018 But faced with a forecast of more rain this week, experts warned that if a rescue mission were not executed quickly, the boys and their coach could be stranded in the cave for months more. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "‘Hooyah, Hooyah, Hooyah’: Jubilation at Thai cave rescue spreads across the world," 10 July 2018 For current forecasts of blazing economic growth in America to bear out, productivity must grow faster. The Economist, "The rich world needs higher real wage growth," 30 June 2018 As crystalline a forecast of impending leisure as the Weekender aspires to be, there’s really no way to tell what the next few days are going to look like in America. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "The Weekender: Michael Che, Kyrie Irving, and kittens," 28 June 2018 The results beat the consensus forecasts of financial analysts. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "Canada Goose soars on parka sales and China expansion, topping Wall Street forecasts," 15 June 2018 Emanuel: Forecasters who are trying to make projections for the season look at long-range forecasts of climate patterns over the Atlantic Ocean. Denise Chow /, NBC News, "Hurricane season is here. An extreme weather expert explains what's in store.," 3 June 2018 If there's rain in the forecast, make sure your tires have good tread by sticking a coin in the groove of your tire. Brigitt Earley, Woman's Day, "6 Ways to Stay Safe on Your Next Family Road Trip," 29 Nov. 2018

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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 \
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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