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 forecast (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 Severe or moderate flooding was forecast Monday on several rivers in West Virginia and eastern Kentucky, including different locations along the Kentucky River southeast of Lexington, the National Weather Service said. NBC News, "Images show flooded Kentucky communities as storms trigger state of emergency," 1 Mar. 2021 The loss of the fees, along with a decline in investment revenue because of lower interest rates, is forecast to weigh on MoneyGram’s first-quarter results, the company said Monday. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, "MoneyGram’s Decision to Halt Ripple Partnership Leaves CFO With Earnings Hole," 26 Feb. 2021 The storm was forecast to bring 1 to 3 inches of additional snowfall to the Northeast on Friday, the National Weather Service said, while places downwind of the Lower Great Lakes could see between 4 and 8 inches of snow. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "As winter storm moves into Northeast, Texans are now grappling with lack of safe drinking water," 20 Feb. 2021 Mitchell said temperatures overnight are forecast to drop into the single digits. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "OH Weather: National Weather Service cancels winter storm warning for Northeast Ohio as snow trickles out," 16 Feb. 2021 National Weather Service meteorologist Patricia Sanchez said by Sunday temperatures are forecast to be about 10 to 20 degrees below normal. Dallas News, "A taste of spring set for Dallas-Fort Worth before back-to-back cold fronts," 1 Feb. 2021 Santa Ana winds are forecast for Southern California from Monday night into Wednesday, the National Weather Service said. Los Angeles Times, "Strong, potentially damaging winds possible for L.A. region early next week, forecasters say," 16 Jan. 2021 Between 6 and 10 inches of snow is forecast to fall in the Twin Cities with up to a foot possible in places such as Fairmont, Mankato and Albert Lea, the National Weather Service said. Matt Delong, Star Tribune, "TALKERS011421," 14 Jan. 2021 Packing winds of up to 165 kph (103 mph), Vamco is forecast to hit a swathe of Vietnam's central coast from Ha Tinh to Quang Ngai province, the government's weather agency said Saturday. Reuters, CNN, "Typhoon Vamco heads for Vietnam after 53 are killed in the Philippines," 14 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Honeywell said the 12-hour shifts are expected to continue through the upcoming snowfall forecast to begin Tuesday night. Arkansas Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, "Little Rock trash collection suspended for rest of week," 17 Feb. 2021 Though Wednesday is slated to be cold, Mitchell said northeast Ohioans will get a reprieve from the snow, with the forecast set to be cloudy and a bit of sun. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "OH Weather: National Weather Service cancels winter storm warning for Northeast Ohio as snow trickles out," 16 Feb. 2021 The Twin Cities didn't reach a forecast record low of 25 below zero. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Persistent cold has no place in Twin Cities record books," 15 Feb. 2021 Stay up to date on the latest forecast from the NBC 5 Weather Experts. Dallas News, "A new winter storm on the way," 15 Feb. 2021 This doesn’t mean the forecast can’t change from now until late Monday when this begins. Dave Epsein, BostonGlobe.com, "Two storms this week will impact travel," 14 Feb. 2021 With its forecast revenues for the next year revised down by $250 million, its players’ salaries may soon account for as much as eighty cents of every dollar brought into the club. New York Times, "Barcelona and the Crippling Cost of Success," 12 Feb. 2021 With rain and snow forecast for late Thursday and again Saturday in Yosemite, followed by clear weather, the prospects of the firefall event at Horsetail Fall is more likely to arrive the week of Feb. 15. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "How to capture this year's perfect photo of Yosemite's firefall, the stunning yet brief waterfall spectacle," 11 Feb. 2021 The forecast takes into account the South-Central region of the state, so some areas may see a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow while other areas may not. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, "UDPATE: Light freezing rain and sleet are possible for San Antonio tonight, NWS warns," 11 Feb. 2021

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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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“Forecast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forecast. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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