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

Few could have forecast Hayes would be in this position when the season began last November. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "One-and-done Longhorn Hayes to join Zion in New Orleans," 20 June 2019 Few could have forecast Hayes would be in this position when the season began last November. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "One-and-done Longhorn Jaxson Hayes joining Zion Williamson in New Orleans," 20 June 2019 That was better than the 15-cent loss analysts had forecast. Dee-ann Durbin, chicagotribune.com, "Plant-based burger-maker Beyond Meat reports sales of fresh products up 304%; stock soars," 7 June 2019 Deloitte has forecast that the United States will replace China at the top of the Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index by next year. David Von Drehle, Twin Cities, "David Von Drehle: Everyone acts like America is in decline. Let’s look at the numbers.," 6 June 2019 That was better than the 15-cent loss analysts had forecast, according to FactSet. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Beyond Meat stock price soars ever higher after first earnings report since smashing IPO," 6 June 2019 Deloitte has forecast that the United States will replace China at the top of the Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index by next year. David Von Drehle, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: United States lifted the world without losing ground," 5 June 2019 When Irving injured his left knee in Game 1 of the 2015 Finals against the Warriors, no one could have forecast the gravity of the incident. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Kyrie Irving’s injury a crusher in NBA season full of sidelined stars," 5 Apr. 2018 The attack also calls into question whether the supply forecasts that have weighed on crude prices recently accurately account for the potential for geopolitical turmoil. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "Tanker Attacks Lift Oil Prices, Improve Shale Producers’ Outlook," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For now, the July 4 forecast is calling for partly sunny skies and a high of 88 in Cleveland. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Monday should be sunny and warm: Cleveland, Akron weather," 30 June 2019 The forecast for considerable movement is promising, given the go-for-it sentiment that has infected numerous front offices. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "Helicopters, Cap Spikes and the Decision: The N.B.A.’s Wildest Off-Seasons," 29 June 2019 So the forecast for severe storms this afternoon and tonight is a low-confidence one. Leigh Morgan, al.com, "Watching for more severe storms later today," 21 June 2019 That is down from an earlier forecast of $4.35 to $4.55 per share. Washington Post, "Carnival lowers profit outlook, cites ban on Cuba cruises," 20 June 2019 The high forecast is an unexpected and extreme scenario, which would trigger a process to ease costs for fuel providers. oregonlive.com, "Cap and trade: What could Oregon’s carbon policy cost you?," 19 June 2019 Here's the forecast Tuesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 9 a.m. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati weather: Heavy rain, flooding expected," 18 June 2019 Boeing expects the world's airlines will need 44,000 planes within 20 years, up from a previous forecast of 43,000 planes. CBS News, "Boeing CEO admits "mistake" in handling 737 Max warnings," 17 June 2019 Boeing expects the world's airlines will need 44,000 planes within 20 years, up from a previous forecast of 43,000 planes. Author: Angela Charlton, Anchorage Daily News, "CEO: Boeing made mistake in handling warning-system problem," 17 June 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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