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 The conference meets quarterly to forecast the numbers of people in Medicaid, a program funded jointly by the state and federal governments that provides health care for low-income, elderly and disabled residents. Christine Sexton, orlandosentinel.com, "Medicaid enrollment could rise to 4.6 million in Florida," 20 Nov. 2020 The Social Services Estimating Conference meets quarterly to forecast the numbers of people in Medicaid, a program funded jointly by the state and federal governments that pays the health care costs for poor, elderly and disabled residents. Christine Sexton, sun-sentinel.com, "Medicaid enrollment surging and projected to include 4.6 million Floridians next year," 20 Nov. 2020 Trying to forecast where the virus is going at this stage is little more than a guess, Greenspan said. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Alan Greenspan: I've never seen anything like this," 19 Nov. 2020 There are also doubts whether the very methodology of relying on betting markets to forecast outcomes can serve as an accurate predictor. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, "Betting markets called the presidential election more accurately than polls," 19 Nov. 2020 Relative market demand for fossil vs. alternative energy is as easy or hard to forecast as anything else in the economy. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Legislation by Regulation (Soon) — The Fed is Entering the Climate Wars," 17 Nov. 2020 Written by Arthur Krock, the newspaper’s Washington bureau chief, the article asked more than 200 experts to forecast the result. David Leonhardt, New York Times, "‘A Black Eye’: Why Political Polling Missed the Mark. Again.," 12 Nov. 2020 What that means for this election cycle — in a year marked by unpredictability — is harder to forecast. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hate crimes surge during presidential elections. So far 2020 isn’t any different," 31 Oct. 2020 Under pressure to beat their rivals, however, newspapers began to use not just the returns the AP was compiling from precincts across the nation but also nationwide opinion polls and data from past elections to forecast a winner on election night. Amy Mckeever, National Geographic, "Counting votes on Election Day has always been complex—and it may be more so in 2020," 29 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Light showers will also be in the forecast for Florida. Janice Dean, Fox News, "Northwest gets rain, mountain snow as central US enjoys warmer-than-average temperatures," 19 Nov. 2020 Winds gusting over 50 mph (80 kph) drove the flames but later subsided and rain was in the forecast Tuesday night. Scott Sonner, Star Tribune, "Wildfire destroys multiple Reno homes; hundreds threatened," 18 Nov. 2020 Central Florida has low to medium odds of rain forecast throughout the week. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Tropical Storm Eta continues threat of flooding to South Florida; Theta spins east and a new tropical wave forms," 10 Nov. 2020 Medium Saturday is the coolest day of the forecast, but skies are mostly sunny as highs reach into the mid- to upper 50s. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Another day of nice, warm weather before rain returns," 10 Nov. 2020 Eta made landfall late Sunday night over the Florida Keys and, as of a 7 a.m. ET government forecast, the storm has 65 mph winds and is located 80 miles west-northwest from Key West. NBC News, "Tropical Storm Eta brings rain and flash flooding to Florida; could strengthen into hurricane," 9 Nov. 2020 The result: a 3.3% increase in California home sales and a modest 1.3% increase in the median price next year versus 2020, a California Association of Realtors forecast said Tuesday. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Oct. 9-15," 23 Oct. 2020 Sales of $3 billion were just shy of the $3.1 billion average forecast. David Wethe, Bloomberg.com, "World’s Biggest Fracker Sees Signs of Rebirth as Slump Ebbs," 19 Oct. 2020 With Election Day less than three weeks away, Pentagon officials are bracing to deal with the consequences of another possible presidential troop forecast. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "Trump’s Tweets on Troop Withdrawals Unnerve Pentagon," 15 Oct. 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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23 Nov 2020

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“Forecast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forecast. Accessed 1 Dec. 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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