[ fawr-kast, -kahst, fohr- ]
/ ˈfɔrˌkæst, -ˌkɑst, ˈfoʊr- /

verb (used with object), fore·cast or fore·cast·ed, fore·cast·ing.

verb (used without object), fore·cast or fore·cast·ed, fore·cast·ing.

to conjecture beforehand; make a prediction.
to plan or arrange beforehand.


Nearby words

  1. forebode,
  2. foreboding,
  3. forebody,
  4. forebrain,
  5. forecaddie,
  6. forecaster,
  7. forecastle,
  8. forecastle deck,
  9. forecastle head,
  10. forechoir

Origin of forecast

1350–1400; Middle English (noun) plan. See fore-, cast

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See predict. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for unforecast


/ (ˈfɔːˌkɑːst) /

verb -casts, -casting, -cast or -casted

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
Derived Formsforecaster, noun

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Word Origin and History for unforecast
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