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Line breaks: fore|cast
Pronunciation: /ˈfɔːkɑːst

Definition of forecast in English:

verb (past and past participle forecast or forecasted)

[with object]
Predict or estimate (a future event or trend): rain is forecast for Scotland [with object and infinitive]: coal consumption in Europe is forecast to increase
More example sentences
  • She is forecasting serious protests at both stretches of water, making a comparison with the resistance against a ban on hunting.
  • Apocalyptic cultists are not the only ones in the business of forecasting the end, scientists are too.
  • The newscasters are forecasting rolling blackouts much like California endured.
guess, hazard a guess, conjecture, speculate, estimate, calculate, reckon, expect
Scottish archaic spae
rare presage, previse, vaticinate, auspicate


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A calculation or estimate of future events, especially coming weather or a financial trend.
Example sentences
  • Together the two firms can provide financial forecasts for virtually every listed company in the world.
  • As a consequence of the fluctuating weather, the forecasts have to be updated daily.
  • As Chieftian John is now hoping for is fine weather, and the forecast is promising.
guess, estimate, conjecture, speculation;
warning, signal, sign, token
informal guesstimate
literary foretoken
rare prognostic, vaticination, auspication



Example sentences
  • Political forecasters predicted that things would get worse for the governor before getting better.
  • Racegoers can take heart - forecasters are predicting improving weather from today with less rain and more sunshine.
  • Hurricane Isabel swept through the Atlantic on Tuesday and forecasters warn it could threaten the United States.

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