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


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

Other Words from forecast


forecastable \ ˈfȯr-​ˌka-​stə-​bəl How to pronounce forecast (audio) \ adjective
forecaster noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Economists polled by Reuters had forecast the index dipping to 64. Washington Post, 14 May 2022 Analysts surveyed by FactSet had forecast $8.03 billion. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, 10 May 2022 Wall Street had forecast earnings per share (EPS) of $2.63 on $758.05 million in revenue for AMC Networks’ Q1, according to consensus data provided by Refinitiv. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 5 May 2022 Storm Prediction Center has forecast the potential for severe storms for parts of Alabama both days, with Friday’s storm threat being more widespread. Leigh Morgan, al, 4 May 2022 Management has forecast that the company would reach 20 to 25 million streaming subscribers by the end of 2025. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Apr. 2022 Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had forecast a 1% rise in GDP. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 Analysts surveyed by Refinitiv had forecast a core operating loss of just $399 million in the quarter. Chris Isidore, CNN, 27 Apr. 2022 The Fed’s own Atlanta Fed District Bank’s GDP model has forecast Q1 real GDP at +1.3% and the market consensus centers around +1%. Robert Barone, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The World Bank forecast in April that wheat prices were expected to hit an all-time high this year, rising by more than 40 percent. Niha Masih, Washington Post, 14 May 2022 Last month, the International Monetary Fund lowered its 2022 growth forecast for China from 4.8 percent to 4.4 percent, citing the lockdowns in Shanghai and elsewhere. Jennifer Jett, NBC News, 13 May 2022 Last month, the International Monetary Fund lowered its China growth forecast to 4.4%, well below the government's official target of about 5.5%. Laura He, CNN, 5 May 2022 Fitch forecast that the U.S. will have recovered all of the jobs lost during the COVID-19 pandemic by the third quarter of 2022. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 3 May 2022 Fire outlook and smoke forecast Since the fire began, strong winds have hampered firefighting efforts. Amaris Encinas, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2022 For the current second quarter, Spotify on Wednesday forecast that total MAUs would hit 428 million. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Apr. 2022 Friday presented a few challenges for the Tigers and for the fans, including an early forecast of rain. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 8 Apr. 2022 Citing the impact of Russia’s invasion on living costs and confidence, the U.K.’s Office for Budget Responsibility, the official budget watchdog, lowered its economic-growth forecast for this year to 3.8% from 6%. Paul Hannon, WSJ, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of forecast


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1527, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Forecast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for forecast


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



Kids Definition of forecast (Entry 2 of 2)

: a prediction of something in the future a weather forecast

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