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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
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (noun) plan. See fore-, cast1
Related forms
forecastable, adjective
forecaster, noun
reforecast, verb (used with object), reforecast or reforecasted, reforecasting.
unforecast, adjective
unforecasted, adjective
Synonyms
1. foretell, anticipate. See predict. 3. project. 4, 7. guess, estimate. 9. forethought, prescience.
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Examples from the web for forecast
  • 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.
  • And the weather forecast called for clear conditions.
  • After a final check of the weather forecast, the decision was made to continue flying through the night.
  • Solar being forecast as future energy option many companies including software are entering into solar business.
  • He had also concluded that the butterfly effect made it impossible to accurately forecast the weather two weeks ahead.
  • The forecast is mostly clear, with some theoretical cloudiness and a chance of scattered modeling.
  • Easy-to-read icons also forecast eight hours in advance.
  • People planning on traveling to attend the launch should keep a close eye on the forecast and be prepared for a possible delay.
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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