- to predict (a future condition or occurrence); calculate in advance: to forecast a heavy snowfall; to forecast lower interest rates.
- to serve as a prediction of; foreshadow.
- to contrive or plan beforehand; prearrange.
- to conjecture beforehand; make a prediction.
- to plan or arrange beforehand.
- a prediction, especially as to the weather.
- a conjecture as to something in the future.
- the act, practice, or faculty of forecasting.
- Archaic. foresight in planning.
Origin of forecast
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Examples from the Web for forecast
Marx forecast that the profit motive would lead to overworking and exhausting the fertility of our soil and other natural systems.American Democracy Under Threat for 250 Years
December 28, 2014
None, to my knowledge, had forecast the event, and now they would have to live with their lack of success.The Stacks: How The Berlin Wall Inspired John le Carré’s First Masterpiece
John le Carré
November 8, 2014
This uncertainty explains why the forecast, while optimistic, is highly variable.Diesel Trains May Soon Use Natural Gas Instead
The Daily Beast
May 27, 2014
But just as important, it's a forecast of the kind of warfare that American commandos anticipate they will be fighting.Special Ops’ Weapons Wish List
April 9, 2014
They forecast an endless and ashen winter for the country that began as a brilliant idea.Richard Hofstadter and America’s New Wave of Anti-Intellectualism
March 9, 2014
A physician's forecast of the disease by the patient's pulse and purse.The Devil's Dictionary
Was there anything in the forecast of the night that made him falter?Bride of the Mistletoe
James Lane Allen
But I knew 'twas Beriah's forecast or he wouldn't have been so sure of it.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
By her own desire she passed it quietly, and had leisure to review and to forecast.Love and Lucy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
This forecast may seem to be of a highly conjectural nature.Impressions of South Africa
- to predict or calculate (weather, events, etc), in advance
- (tr) to serve as an early indication of
- (tr) to plan in advance
- a statement of probable future weather conditions calculated from meteorological data
- a prophecy or prediction
- the practice or power of forecasting
Word Origin and History for forecast
late 14c., "to scheme," from fore- "before" + casten "contrive." Meaning "predict events" first attested late 15c. Related: Forecasted; forecasting.
early 15c., probably from forecast (v.); earliest sense was "forethought, prudence;" meaning "conjectured estimate of a future course" is from 1670s. A Middle English word for weather forecasting was aeromancy.