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 Wednesday repeats the sunny skies forecast and features a high of 72. oregonlive, "Portland metro Monday weather: Dry, mild temps hold through mid week," 1 June 2020 The good news is that the weather squadron is now forecasting more favorable conditions for Sunday. Judson Jones, CNN, "Weather will likely make the historic SpaceX launch come down to the wire, once again," 29 May 2020 Meteorologists forecasting for the SpaceX Falcon rocket launch have numerous weather conditions to take into account. Fox News, "SpaceX launch rescheduled for Saturday in Florida still faces chance of bad weather," 28 May 2020 With some thunderstorms forecast for the East Coast today, SpaceX and NASA officials say crew safety is the top priority. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Reported option for full US withdrawal from Afghanistan by Election Day sparks concern," 27 May 2020 Despite predictions the event would help push up its price, the world’s largest digital token has thus far failed to meaningfully climb above $10,000 -- though many enthusiasts forecast that a significant rally is still in the cards. Vildana Hajric, Bloomberg.com, "Bitcoin’s Bounce Back Over $9,000 Masks a Potential Downtrend," 26 May 2020 The hurricane outlook doesn’t forecast how many storms will come ashore. Leigh Morgan, al, "Hurricane season 2020: NOAA thinks it could be another busy one," 21 May 2020 Now, scientists can say, more definitely, that major hurricanes are becoming more likely—and that the large and potentially destructive storms like those forecasted for this year are becoming the norm. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "Tropical storm seasons keep getting worse, and 2020 should be no different," 20 May 2020 The outlook, however, remains uncertain, with companies forecasting a slow recovery even next year due to public health restrictions and concerns. Time, "More European Flights to Resume in July but Travel Demand Remains Uncertain," 18 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Indian economy is headed for its first full-year contraction in more than four decades, while Fitch Solutions in April lowered Bangladesh’s GDP growth forecast. Pratik Parija, Bloomberg.com, "Biggest Storm in 20 Years Spurs South Asia to Evacuate Millions," 19 May 2020 The solar cycle forecast is based on a NOAA and NASA co-chaired international panel. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "The sun is experiencing a less active phase called 'solar minimum,' but it won't cause an ice age like last time," 19 May 2020 The latest forecast shows that the camps are not in the direct path of the cyclone, said Francesca Fontanini, a spokeswoman for international aid groups. Joanna Slater, Anchorage Daily News, "India and Bangladesh prepare for monster cyclone as pandemic rages," 19 May 2020 The latest forecast shows that the camps are not in the direct path of the cyclone, said Francesca Fontanini, a spokeswoman for international aid groups. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "India and Bangladesh prepare for monster cyclone as pandemic rages," 19 May 2020 Most forecasts from other research groups are calling for an active season, which has already gotten underway with Tropical Storm Arthur spinning off the Southeast Coast this week. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Global warming is making hurricanes stronger, study says," 18 May 2020 Corporate earnings forecasts from automakers and other manufacturers suggest the decline is likely to steepen. Time, "Japan Officially Slides Into Recession – and the Worst Is Yet to Come," 18 May 2020 But the model cautions that looking that far out isn't as informative as the short-term forecast. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "ASU publishes new COVID-19 data website, first updated model after DHS dust-up," 18 May 2020 The forecast includes the chance of thunderstorms to wrap up the weekend. oregonlive, "Portland weather: Wet weekend ahead," 16 May 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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4 Jun 2020

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“Forecast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forecast. Accessed 4 Jun. 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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