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forecast

[fawr-kast, -kahst, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌkæst, -ˌkɑst, ˈfoʊr-/
verb (used with object), forecast or forecasted, forecasting.
1.
to predict (a future condition or occurrence); calculate in advance:
to forecast a heavy snowfall; to forecast lower interest rates.
2.
to serve as a prediction of; foreshadow.
3.
to contrive or plan beforehand; prearrange.
verb (used without object), forecast or forecasted, forecasting.
4.
to conjecture beforehand; make a prediction.
5.
to plan or arrange beforehand.
noun
6.
a prediction, especially as to the weather.
7.
a conjecture as to something in the future.
8.
the act, practice, or faculty of forecasting.
9.
Archaic. foresight in planning.
Origin of forecast
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (noun) plan. See fore-, cast
Related forms
forecastable, adjective
forecaster, noun
reforecast, verb (used with object), reforecast or reforecasted, reforecasting.
unforecast, adjective
unforecasted, adjective
Synonyms
1. foretell, anticipate. 3. project. 4, 7. guess, estimate. 9. forethought, prescience.
Synonym Study
1. See predict.
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Examples from the Web for forecast
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  • A physician's forecast of the disease by the patient's pulse and purse.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for forecast

forecast

/ˈfɔːˌkɑːst/
verb -casts, -casting, -cast, -casted
1.
to predict or calculate (weather, events, etc), in advance
2.
(transitive) to serve as an early indication of
3.
(transitive) to plan in advance
noun
4.
a statement of probable future weather conditions calculated from meteorological data
5.
a prophecy or prediction
6.
the practice or power of forecasting
Derived Forms
forecaster, noun
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Word Origin and History for forecast
v.

late 14c., "to scheme," from fore- "before" + casten "contrive." Meaning "predict events" first attested late 15c. Related: Forecasted; forecasting.

n.

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.

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