[ fawr-kast, -kahst, fohr- ]
/ ˈfɔrˌkæst, -ˌkɑst, ˈfoʊr- /
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verb (used with object), fore·cast or fore·cast·ed, fore·cast·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), fore·cast or fore·cast·ed, fore·cast·ing.
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.
OTHER WORDS FOR forecast
1 foretell, anticipate.
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Origin of forecast
synonym study for forecast
1. See predict.
OTHER WORDS FROM forecast
fore·cast·a·ble, adjectiveforecaster, nounre·fore·cast, verb (used with object), re·fore·cast or re·fore·cast·ed, re·fore·cast·ing.un·fore·cast, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for forecast
/ (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 forms of forecastforecaster, noun
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