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

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 And the company, which recently raised prices, forecast slower gains in the second quarter in the U.S. and abroad. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Netflix Subscriber Count Rises, but Growth Slows at Home," 16 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Meanwhile, flooding on the Missouri and Mississippi rivers held true to a March forecast,... Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "As Hurricane, Fire Seasons Approach, More People Likely to Be in Harm’s Way," 9 May 2019 The National Association for Business Economists June survey produced a median forecast of 2.8 percent growth this year and 2.5 percent next year. Brooks Jackson, Philly.com, "Trump's Numbers (Second Quarterly Update) | FactCheck," 11 July 2018 To its credit, the company has held true to that forecast. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Blue Apron Still Isn’t Appetizing," 30 Apr. 2019 The weather forecast More reasonable climate conditions are coming to Central Indiana, according to The Weather Authority forecast from Fox59. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Dave Matthews Band at Ruoff: What you need to know," 5 July 2018 But an update Wednesday afternoon cited safety concerns due to the weather forecast, particularly with the rock wall and bouncy houses. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Travis Air Force Base postpones July Fourth drone light show due to high winds," 4 July 2018 Of the millions traveling, 39.7 million will drive to their holiday destination, 5.1 percent more than last year, according to AAA’s forecast. Tessa Weinberg, chicagotribune.com, "Don't say we didn't warn you: Fourth of July travel in Chicago to be worst Tuesday afternoon, AAA says," 28 June 2018 According to eMarketer's forecast, Amazon boasts a share of nearly 67 percent of smart speaker users this year, but drops to 61 percent by 2020. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "You can now control Amazon's Alexa with your voice on iPhones and iPads," 27 June 2018 This week proves no different for Miami, with the temperature hovering around 88 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Weather Service forecast. Elizabeth Finny, miamiherald, "This cow cooled off in a residential pond. Here are some ways you can stay cool, too," 26 June 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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