What does forecast mean?

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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Forecastnoun

    Contrivance beforehand; scheme; plan; antecedent policy.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Alas! that Warwick had no more forecast,
    But while he thought to steal the single ten,
    The king was slily finger’d from the deck! William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    He makes this difference to arise from the forecast and predetermination of the gods. Joseph Addison, on ancient Medals.

    The last, scarce ripen’d into perfect man,
    Saw helpless him from whom their life began:
    Mem’ry and forecast just returns engage;
    That pointed back to youth, this on to age. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Forecastverb

    Etymology: fore and cast.

    He shall forecast his devices against the strong holds. Dan. xi.

    The feast was serv’d; the time so well forecast,
    That just when the dessert and fruits were plac’d,
    The fiend’s alarm began. John Dryden, Theod. and Honoria.

    It is wisdom to consider the end of things before we embark, and to forecast consequences. Roger L'Estrange, Fable 83.

  3. To Forecastverb

    To form schemes; to contrive beforehand.

    And whatso heavens in their secret doom
    Ordained have, how can frail fleshy wight
    Forecast, but it must needs to issue come? Edmund Spenser.

    When broad awake, she finds in troublous fit,
    Forecasting how his foe he might annoy. Fairy Queen, b. i.


  1. forecast

    A forecast is a prediction or estimation of future events or trends based on current data, patterns, research, or analysis. It is often used in business, economics, and weather prediction to anticipate future conditions and take appropriate actions or precautions.

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

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

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

  2. Nouns Frequency

    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. Adam Kincaid:

    For people who did this stuff a decade ago, if they had known that Donald Trump was going to come along in 2016 and shift the American electorate, there's at least a couple dozen seats around the country that would have been drawn differently than they were, and that is the challenge for the next few years is trying to forecast out how much this realignment is permanent versus temporary.

  2. Francisco Monaldi:

    The military has achieved its aim of controlling PDVSA. The forecast is somber.

  3. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon:

    With more heavy rain in the forecast, we will continue to remain in direct contact with law enforcement and local officials as we work to protect lives and property.

  4. Tom Simons:

    As much as the Fed has said they want to tighten in 2015, that has all been contingent upon the realization of a forecast that just doesn't look realistic at this point, based on inflation and recent weakness in commodity markets.

  5. Keith Pitt:

    Coal consumption throughout Asia is forecast by the International Energy Agency to grow over the next decade to meet the energy demands of countries like China, India and South Korea, australia has an important role to play in meeting that demand. Coal will continue to generate billions of dollars in royalties and taxes for state and federal governments, and directly employ over 50,000 Australians.

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Translations for forecast

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  • voorspelling, voorspel, weervoorspellingAfrikaans
  • توقع, يتنبئ, توقعات طقس, توقعاتArabic
  • прагно́зBelarusian
  • предска́звам, предви́ждам, прогно́за, предвижданеBulgarian
  • calendariCatalan, Valencian
  • předpověďCzech
  • Vorhersage, vorhersagen, prognostizieren, Schätzung, Wettervorhersage, PrognoseGerman
  • veterprognozo, prognozoEsperanto
  • pronosticar, pronóstico, previsión, predecir, pronóstico del tiempoSpanish
  • پیشبینیPersian
  • ennakoida, sääennuste, ennuste, ennakkoarvio, ennustaaFinnish
  • prévoir, prévision, prévision météo, prévision météorologiqueFrench
  • réamhaisnéisIrish
  • ramalan cuaca, ramal, kiraIndonesian
  • prevedereItalian
  • [[天気]][[予報]], 予想, 予報Japanese
  • 예상, 예보Korean
  • PraedictioLatin
  • matapaeMāori
  • schatting, prognose, weersvoorspelling, voorspelling, voorspellenDutch
  • forutsi, predikereNorwegian
  • prognoza, zapowiedźPolish
  • prever, previsãoPortuguese
  • прогноз, предви́дение, предсказать, предсказывать, прогнозировать, прогно́з, [[прогно́з]] [[погода, предсказа́ние, спрогнозироватьRussian
  • predpoveďSlovak
  • napovedati, napovedSlovene
  • prognos, förhandsberäkning, förutse, utsikt, väderprognos, förutsägaSwedish
  • передба́чення, прогно́зUkrainian

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