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

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 Area wide, winds are forecast to gust 30-35 mph, but near Skagit County, where major river flooding is expected to take place, winds could gust 60 mph or more. Jennifer Gray, CNN, 15 Nov. 2021 Thursday’s fishing was a little bumpy on Lake Erie, but the winds are forecast to settle down Friday and through the weekend. cleveland, 21 Oct. 2021 The company, which made its first journey in July with owner Bezos aboard, announced in a Sunday tweet that strong winds were forecast in West Texas, where the rocket will lift off. Graison Dangor, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2021 Winds in coastal neighborhoods in Sonoma and Marin were forecast up to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Oct. 2021 Its maximum-sustained winds are forecast to drop to 35 mph Monday. Steve Svekis, sun-sentinel.com, 22 Aug. 2021 Sustained winds were forecast at 18 mph to 20 mph, and gusts were up to 40 mph. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 3 Aug. 2021 It was once also shut down when high winds were forecast to protect visitors from the possibility that its ancient trees could tip over. Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2021 The most powerful winds were forecast to remain just offshore from the beach towns west of St. Petersburg. BostonGlobe.com, 8 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The latest weather stories are always available along with your local forecast here. Judson Jones, CNN, 22 Nov. 2021 Intuit , the company behind TurboTax, QuickBooks and Mint, raised its financial forecast for fiscal 2022. James Willhite, WSJ, 19 Nov. 2021 The nation's largest retailer, Walmart, also reported solid financial results while raising its profit forecast, but the stock fell 2.5% and gave back some of the big gains it's made in the last few weeks. Damian J. Troise, ajc, 16 Nov. 2021 Our forecast indicates that Walmart’s valuation is $160 per share, which is 8% higher than the current market price. Trefis Team, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 Her forecast is that headline inflation — or inflation including gas and food prices — will stand at 5.3% in the first three months of 2022, but may start to ease in the second quarter. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 10 Nov. 2021 BioNTech, meanwhile, raised its forecast to nearly $20 billion for this year while partner Pfizer is targeting $36 billion. Fortune, 10 Nov. 2021 The International Monetary Fund shaved a percentage point off its growth projection for U.S. gross domestic product this year, paring its forecast Tuesday from 7 percent to 6 percent. NBC News, 12 Oct. 2021 The company also this month cut its vaccine production forecast for the year and lowered its projection for 2021 COVID-19 vaccine sales. Riley Griffin And Janice Kew, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Nov. 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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“Forecast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forecast. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for forecast

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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