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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According to Harper, the Weather Bureau didn’t mind if people took on forecasting on their own — the real objection came when those people claimed their information came from the government. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Here's Why U.S. Law Prohibits Claiming That a 'Counterfeit Weather Forecast' Is Official," 5 Sep. 2019 The National Weather Service correctly forecast that the monsoon would ignite thunderstorms in the Pine Valley and Campo areas. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The ‘dog days of summer’ will afflict San Diego until Friday," 5 Sep. 2019 Most computer models now forecast the center of Dorian to come very close to the coast of South Carolina and come ashore in North Carolina, with the highest chance over the Outer Banks. Jason Samenow, Anchorage Daily News, "Hurricane Dorian poised to slam the Carolinas after scraping by the coasts of Florida and Georgia," 4 Sep. 2019 Walt Disney World theme parks in Florida are closing Tuesday afternoon ahead of forecasted strong winds and heavy rain from the edges of Dorian. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "DisneyWorld, Legoland and other Orlando tourist parks close as Dorian nears Florida," 3 Sep. 2019 According to USA Today, 100 million Americans could see temperatures cross the 100-degree threshold this week, with the National Weather Service forecasting epic heat for Palm Springs, Las Vegas and Tucson. Fox News, "Death Valley could hit 120 degrees as extreme heat smothers US," 21 Aug. 2019 In south Alabama, the National Weather Service in Mobile is forecasting Andalusia to hit 101 degrees and 100 degrees for Greenville, with mid- to upper 90s anticipated across the rest of the region. Leigh Morgan, al, "Hot, hot, hot today: Who will hit 100 degrees?," 17 Aug. 2019 Statewide, employers forecast average pay hikes of 3 percent next year, down from 3.1 percent this year and on par with the increases reported in 2018, according to the survey. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Pay increases of 3.1 percent expected in metro Denver next year," 29 July 2019 Paul Williams of the University of Reading in England, who is working on forecasting clear-air turbulence, said some tests suggest that specialized radar-like devices could make the atmospheric disruptions visible to pilots. Malcolm Ritter, chicagotribune.com, "‘Clear-air turbulence’ like what likely hit Air Canada flight can strike without warning," 12 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Masket says the forecast could be an area for Democrats to attack President Donald Trump. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "2020 Democrats Will Face Off on One Stage for the First Time This Week. Here's Everything to Know About the September Debate," 8 Sep. 2019 On Friday an unnamed NOAA spokesman got roped in: The agency came out with a statement trying to justify Trump's bogus claims and criticizing the National Weather Service's Birmingham office for telling the truth about the forecast track. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Taxpayers are funding the Trump White House's misinformation campaign," 7 Sep. 2019 According to the Weather Service office in Charleston, based on the present forecast track, the result could be particularly severe. Jason Samenow, Anchorage Daily News, "Hurricane Dorian poised to slam the Carolinas after scraping by the coasts of Florida and Georgia," 4 Sep. 2019 However, the new forecast track from the National Hurricane Center brings Dorian very close to the South and North Carolina coasts on Thursday and Friday. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Just in time, a trough arrives to pull Dorian away from Florida," 3 Sep. 2019 Ken Graham, director of the hurricane center, urged people not to bet on safety just because the forecast track had the storm a bit offshore. RamÓn Espinosa, chicagotribune.com, "Hurricane Dorian, one of the strongest Atlantic storms ever recorded, keeps pounding north Bahamas," 2 Sep. 2019 National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham urged residents not to bet on safety just because the specific forecast track has the storm just a bit offshore. Ramón Espinosa, Twin Cities, "Dorian strikes Bahamas with record fury as Category 5 storm," 1 Sep. 2019 If that forecast is correct, the earnings-per-share for the S&P 500 will slide by around 1 percentage point through the first three quarters of this year. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Corporate Earnings are Flatlining—and That’s Terrible News for the Stock Market," 31 Aug. 2019 That said, the best forecast is never from an individual model. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "How to read the maps that predict hurricane paths," 30 Aug. 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 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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