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

Many private economists as well as the Congressional Budget Office are forecasting slower growth this year. Joyce M. Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "Slower manufacturing likely drag on small business optimism," 25 Mar. 2019 The Trump Administration’s swift-moving plan to promote 5G networks is running into resistance from the weather-forecasting community. Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, "Meteorologists Worry 5G Expansion Could Interfere With Weather Forecasts," 14 May 2019 With poor weather forecasted for the next two days, SpaceX might not get a chance to try again until Saturday. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Rocket Launch Delayed for the Third Time This Week," 20 Dec. 2018 Heavy rainfall in the vicinity of Lake Harney over the past couple of weeks has led to a rise in the water level of the St. Johns River and more heavy rain and thunderstorms are forecast for today, tonight and through this weekend. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Flood warning remains in effect for Geneva, St. Johns River," 6 July 2018 The preseason forecasts for Arizona State football are not great, and that probably was to be expected. Doug Haller, azcentral, "ASU's Herm Edwards plays to win the game – except on the golf course," 3 July 2018 Trump on Monday forecast a ‘‘nice’’ outcome, while Kim spent the day out of view. BostonGlobe.com, "North Korea talks moving ‘more quickly than expected,’ White House says," 11 June 2018 In 2015, PredPol unsuccessfully lobbied the Arizona legislature to approve a $2 million appropriation bill to use the firm’s forecasting technology to predict gang activity. Ali Winston, The Verge, "A pioneer in predictive policing is starting a troubling new project," 26 Apr. 2018 The government forecasts output will shrink by another 11% in the year to June 2018. The Economist, "America has let down its Puerto Rican citizens," 12 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The region's forecast is looking both rain-free and warm. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Weather Forecast for Mother's Day Weekend Isn't Looking Good," 10 May 2019 If weather forecasts are correct, access to the cave could soon close again due to flooding from seasonal monsoon rains. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Thai soccer team rescue might need to happen sooner than expected, experts warn," 2 Oct. 2018 For the rest of the week, the forecast is still hot — just not as oppressively so. latimes.com, "Today: A Mile-Long Dive Through Peril," 9 July 2018 If weather forecasts are correct, access to the cave could soon close again because of flooding from seasonal monsoon rains. Tassanee Vejpongsa, BostonGlobe.com, "Thai crews aim to rescue kids from cave before rain hits," 7 July 2018 The weekend forecast is looking mostly dry and hot. Doug Phillips, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Holiday will not be independent of thunder boomers; and a look at the tropics," 4 July 2018 If Brian VanGorder’s unit struggles with a true freshman in Week 3, though, the forecast for the rest of the season will be gloomy. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "How Louisville football can (and can't) beat Western Kentucky," 4 July 2018 He and Nielsen-Gammon agreed the long-term forecast isn’t much better. Austin Horn, San Antonio Express-News, "After a hot and dry June, the forecast is largely unchanged," 4 July 2018 The consensus forecast is that the tight labor market will cause the average hourly wage to climb by 0.3 percent for the second month in a row, which would nudge the annual year-over-year increase to 2.8 percent. New York Times, "Automakers Report June Sales and China Tariffs Will Take Effect," 1 July 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 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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