A meteorologist tries to forecast the path of a storm.
- The definition of a forecast is a prediction.
An example of a forecast is a report with the total dollars predicted by the sales department of how much they think they will sell in the next six months.
- To forecast is defined as to predict something.
An example of to forecast is a meteorologist projecting what the weather will be like over the next seven days.
- Archaic to foresee
- to estimate or calculate in advance; predict or seek to predict (weather, business conditions, etc.)
- to serve as a prediction or prophecy of
Origin of forecastMiddle English forecasten ; from fore (see fore) + casten, to contrive: see cast
- Archaic foresight; forethought
- a prediction, as of weather conditions
transitive verbfore·cast or fore·cast·ed, fore·cast·ing, fore·casts
- To estimate or predict in advance, especially to predict (weather conditions) by analysis of meteorological data. See Synonyms at predict.
- To serve as an advance indication of; foreshadow: price increases that forecast inflation.
Origin of forecastMiddle English forecasten, to plan beforehand : fore-, fore- + casten, to throw, calculate, prepare; see cast .
(third-person singular simple present forecasts, present participle forecasting, simple past and past participle forecast or forecasted)