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a declaration that something will happen in the future
  • want to catch the weather forecast so I'll know what kind of clothes to pack for the trip tomorrow

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to tell of or describe beforehand
  • the station's meteorologist forecasts sun for the next five days

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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

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The first known use of forecast was in the 15th century

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“Forecast.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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