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Definition of "forecast" []

  • To estimate or calculate in advance, especially to predict (weather conditions) by analysis of meteorological data. See Synonyms at predict. (verb-transitive)
  • To serve as an advance indication of; foreshadow: price increases that forecast inflation. (verb-transitive)
  • To calculate or estimate something in advance; predict the future. (verb-intransitive)
  • A prediction, as of coming events or conditions. (noun)
  • To predict or calculate (weather, events, etc), in advance (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To serve as an early indication of (verb)
  • To plan in advance (verb)
  • A statement of probable future weather conditions calculated from meteorological data (noun)
  • A prophecy or prediction (noun)
  • The practice or power of forecasting (noun)

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Use "forecast" in a sentence
  • "If the forecast is accurate, temperatures will be dipping down below zero (as low as -10 F) which could be devastating for vineyards."
  • "Still, the company cautioned that this forecast is ambitious due to the strong euro and rising generic-drug competition."
  • "Though the long-term forecast is hazy for players who have been linchpins for one of the decade's most successful teams, there's reason for optimism in the short run."