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Definitions for forecast
ˈfɔrˌkæst, -ˌkɑst, ˈfoʊr-fore·cast

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prognosis, forecastverb

    a prediction about how something (as the weather) will develop

  2. forecast, calculateverb

    predict in advance

  3. calculate, estimate, reckon, count on, figure, forecastverb

    judge to be probable

  4. bode, portend, auspicate, prognosticate, omen, presage, betoken, foreshadow, augur, foretell, prefigure, forecast, predictverb

    indicate by signs

    "These signs bode bad news"


  1. forecastnoun

    An estimation of a future condition.

  2. forecastnoun

    A prediction of the weather.

  3. forecastverb

    To estimate how a condition will be in the future.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Forecastverb

    to plan beforehand; to scheme; to project

  2. Forecastverb

    to foresee; to calculate beforehand, so as to provide for

  3. Forecastverb

    to contrive or plan beforehand

  4. Forecastnoun

    previous contrivance or determination; predetermination

  5. Forecastnoun

    foresight of consequences, and provision against them; prevision; premeditation

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Forecast

    fōr-kast′, v.t. to contrive or reckon beforehand: to foresee: to predict.—v.i. to form schemes beforehand.—ns. Fore′cast, a previous contrivance: foresight: a prediction; Forecast′er.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. forecast

    To observe that which has passed, and guess it will happen again; to anticipate the future by guessing at the past; to predict that an event will happen, if it does, by basing calculations on events that have already happened, if they did. (One may forecast and be right, wrong, or neither. It depends.)

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. forecast

    A storm warning, or reasonable prediction of a gale from the inferences of observed meteorological instruments and phenomena.

Editors Contribution

  1. forecast

    To create the data, structure and system to know the current income and expenditure and future projected income and expenditure.

    The business forecast was accurate, specific, measureable, realistic and had a timeline.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 8, 2020  
  2. forecast

    To estimate a future possibility or amount.

    The weather forecasters did forecast the weather accurately but as always it can change in advance which is great.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 11, 2020  

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British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'forecast' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4360

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    Rank popularity for the word 'forecast' in Nouns Frequency: #2111

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of forecast in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of forecast in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of forecast in a Sentence

  1. Erik Bruce:

    We ... stick to our forecast for two more cuts.

  2. Chris Vaccaro:

    The current forecast path of Hurricane Dorian does not include Alabama.

  3. Andrew Cuomo:

    New Yorkers don't like to be inconvenienced, if the forecast doesn't turn out as much snow, then they are hanging me in effigy today.

  4. The IEA:

    The impact of oil's steep price plunge on end users is unlikely to be repeated and economic conditions are forecast to remain problematic in countries such as China.

  5. Rick Scott:

    Hurricane Irma is a major and life-threatening storm, and Florida must be prepared, i have continued to be briefed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Hurricane Irma and current forecast models have Florida in Irma’s path – potentially impacting millions of Floridians.

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  • voorspel, weervoorspelling, voorspellingAfrikaans
  • يتنبئ, توقعات طقس, توقع, توقعاتArabic
  • прагно́зBelarusian
  • прогно́за, предвиждане, предска́звам, предви́ждамBulgarian
  • calendariCatalan, Valencian
  • předpověďCzech
  • Wettervorhersage, Schätzung, Vorhersage, prognostizieren, Prognose, vorhersagenGerman
  • veterprognozo, prognozoEsperanto
  • pronóstico, pronosticar, predecir, pronóstico del tiempo, previsiónSpanish
  • پیشبینیPersian
  • ennuste, sääennuste, ennustaa, ennakkoarvio, ennakoidaFinnish
  • prévision météorologique, prévision, prévision météo, prévoirFrench
  • réamhaisnéisIrish
  • kira, ramalan cuaca, ramalIndonesian
  • prevedereItalian
  • 予想, 予報, [[天気]][[予報]]Japanese
  • 예보, 예상Korean
  • PraedictioLatin
  • matapaeMāori
  • weersvoorspelling, voorspelling, voorspellen, schatting, prognoseDutch
  • predikere, forutsiNorwegian
  • prognoza, zapowiedźPolish
  • previsão, preverPortuguese
  • предсказывать, прогно́з, спрогнозировать, предсказа́ние, [[прогно́з]] [[погода, прогнозировать, предсказать, предви́дение, прогнозRussian
  • predpoveďSlovak
  • napovedati, napovedSlovene
  • prognos, förhandsberäkning, förutse, väderprognos, förutsäga, utsiktSwedish
  • передба́чення, прогно́зUkrainian

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