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

The firm forecasts that number growing to $43 billion when it is fully integrated into GM’s mass-market electric car fleet. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Tesla’s Musk Needs to Find His Mary Barra," 13 July 2018 By mid-century, scientists forecast an additional 13,000 human deaths annually caused by high levels of fine particulate matter in the summer and another 3,000 caused by ozone in the Eastern United States. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Are air conditioners slowly killing us?," 11 July 2018 Officials have said storms forecast for Chiang Rai province in Thailand's far north had factored into their decision to go ahead with a complicated and dangerous plan to have the boys and their coach dive out of the cave. Edmund Demarche, Fox News, "4 freed from Thailand cave, but rescuers face 'war with water and time' to get to others," 9 July 2018 Officials also remain desperately concerned about the weather, with heavy rains forecast within days that could flood the cave again and render futile any efforts to pump water out. Shibani Mahtani, chicagotribune.com, "Cave rescue stalls as death of Thai diver underscores perils," 7 July 2018 The National Weather Service forecasts a 30 percent chance of rain after 4 p.m. Pattaconk Lake was at full parking capacity by 7:30 a.m., according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "Revelers Swarm State Parks, More Than A Dozen Closed By Noon," 4 July 2018 Meanwhile, analysts currently forecast peak annual sales of around $2 billion but this could be doubled, according to Exane BNP if Shingrix can achieve market penetration rates of around 60 percent. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: An 800-pound spoon is left at Purdue HQ; Roche holds out hope for an immunotherapy," 25 June 2018 Our team’s analysis of the 114 plans does not forecast any plan failures! Edward Mckinley, kansascity, "KC union retirees join rally in Ohio for pension fix — or is it a bailout?," 13 July 2018 Thailand's Meteorological Department said there was a 60 percent chance of rain Monday with thunderstorms forecast throughout the week, the Associated Press reported. NBC News, "Thailand cave rescue set to resume for 9 still trapped," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In a staircase that leads to a Manhattan penthouse’s terrace, New York designers Alexandra Pappas and Tatyana Miron delivered a brooding forecast with a sprinkle of whimsy. Tim Gavan, WSJ, "Five Stairways Go From Dull to Dramatic," 13 July 2018 The app also shows wind graphs, and gives you a forecast. Cliff Kapono, sandiegouniontribune.com, "These smartphone apps will help you get through a natural disaster," 8 July 2018 Now though the bitter cold remains, with forecasts of record lows to come. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Kingwood volunteer highlights importance of community service," 7 July 2018 With temperatures climbing and a forecast high of 114, Phoenix is on its way to reaching near record-breaking heat. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "It's hot: Tips, tricks and advisories to get through excessive heat," 5 July 2018 Despite a forecast of 3 inches or more of rain, which could have staved off a drought, the storms didn’t materialize. Austin Horn, San Antonio Express-News, "After a hot and dry June, the forecast is largely unchanged," 4 July 2018 John Manning, senior director of the North American Numbering Plan Administration, which oversees forecasts of dates an area code will run out of numbers, said in a May 16 letter that 407 numbers will run out within 12 months. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "689 area code could be added to Central Florida," 29 June 2018 But forecasters say making such forecasts in spring can be tricky because weather patterns can be transitioning. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Hurricane forecasters watching front for signs of development off Southeast coast," 26 June 2018 Not too many things make a beat writer more jittery than a rainy forecast on getaway day. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Is anyone untouchable ahead of this year's trade deadline?," 24 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 \
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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