forecast

[fawr-kast, -kahst, fohr-]
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:
1350–1400; Middle English (noun) plan. See fore-, cast1

forecastable, adjective
forecaster, noun
reforecast, verb (used with object), reforecast or reforecasted, reforecasting.
unforecast, adjective
unforecasted, adjective


1. foretell, anticipate. See predict. 3. project. 4, 7. guess, estimate. 9. forethought, prescience.
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forecast (ˈfɔːˌkɑːst)
 
vb , -casts, -casting, -cast, -casted
1.  to predict or calculate (weather, events, etc), in advance
2.  (tr) to serve as an early indication of
3.  (tr) to plan in advance
 
n
4.  a statement of probable future weather conditions calculated from meteorological data
5.  a prophecy or prediction
6.  the practice or power of forecasting
 
'forecaster
 
n

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Word Origin & History

forecast
late 14c., "to scheme," from fore "before" + casten "contrive." Meaning "predict events" first attested late 15c. Related: Forecasted; forecasting.
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Example sentences
The current weather forecast says there's a possibility of rain and low clouds.
Talk about the weather forecast and the types of clothes they might need to
  wear.
Check the weather forecast before leaving, and don't go into the gulch if rain
  threatens.
The forecast is mostly clear, with some theoretical cloudiness and a chance of
  scattered modeling.
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