Definition of forecast in English:



  • Predict or estimate (a future event or trend)

    ‘rain is forecast for eastern Ohio’
    [with object and infinitive] ‘coal consumption is forecast to increase’
    • ‘He forecasted an impact on inflation because the prices of petrol and fuels are getting more expensive faster than euro appreciation.’
    • ‘The storm was forecasted to go west from Lauderdale, Pompano Beach area.’
    • ‘The Government forecasted an increase of almost 50% - and none of them turned up.’
    • ‘Airline industry experts have forecasted the demise of airline hubs for almost as long as they have existed.’
    • ‘We are also forecasting future fibre reductions in both quality and quantity.’
    • ‘English vineyard owners are forecasting a bumper grape crop under this summer's Mediterranean type sunshine.’
    • ‘It is reported that their record in forecasting recessions is only half as good as tossing a coin.’
    • ‘They've forecasted high temperatures and unpredictable winds.’
    • ‘Alright, Judge Sessions, you forecasted this would come to a successful end.’
    • ‘The front that's been to our north was forecasted to come our way today/this evening.’
    • ‘One day, forecasting sun in the south, he said ‘you could maybe visit your Granny in Brighton’.’
    • ‘Tomorrow it is forecasted to be 7 degrees higher than today.’
    • ‘The newscasters are forecasting rolling blackouts much like California endured.’
    • ‘Concerned people forecast a serious accident here and nothing is being done to prevent it.’
    • ‘He forecasted a very bright and busy year ahead for all.’
    • ‘I suppose the truth is that there's not a lot of profit, if you're in the prophecy business, in forecasting happiness.’
    • ‘They may not have forecast a Congress-led victory, but at least they got the trend right.’
    • ‘Apocalyptic cultists are not the only ones in the business of forecasting the end, scientists are too.’
    • ‘As for depth of promotion, if my memory serves me correctly, you initially forecasted a run to 38.5 cents culminated by a massive sell off.’
    • ‘She is forecasting serious protests at both stretches of water, making a comparison with the resistance against a ban on hunting.’
    predict, prophesy, prognosticate, augur, divine, foretell, foresee, forewarn
    guess, hazard a guess, conjecture, speculate, estimate, calculate, reckon, expect
    presage, previse, vaticinate, auspicate
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  • A prediction or estimate of future events, especially coming weather or a financial trend.

    • ‘For one thing, a forecast is just that: a calculated best guess about what the weather is most likely to do.’
    • ‘These factors lie behind forecasts of higher earnings growth in 2005 and 2006.’
    • ‘Family members also break walnuts open to obtain their health forecasts.’
    • ‘This takes you to a page with current weather and five-day forecasts for the location.’
    • ‘You can lessen the risk of injury during severe weather by watching forecasts regularly and taking the advice of experts.’
    • ‘If you are on the Internet, you can get real-time, weather snapshots and local forecasts from several sites.’
    • ‘As Chieftian John is now hoping for is fine weather, and the forecast is promising.’
    • ‘The finance director's role becomes important when a forecast is wide of the mark but this is rare.’
    • ‘Past generations of economists were able to make forecasts based on trends in industrial activity.’
    • ‘If these forecasts hold true we can certainly expect some dramatic weather scenes for 2004.’
    • ‘Together the two firms can provide financial forecasts for virtually every listed company in the world.’
    • ‘We had a huge crowd and the weather was on our side when you consider the forecast.’
    • ‘Britons are famously obsessed with the weather, but have long taken the forecasts with a pinch of salt.’
    • ‘The panel has been asked to consider the budget and medium-term financial forecast.’
    • ‘As a result, investment banks have been cutting growth forecasts.’
    • ‘As a consequence of the fluctuating weather, the forecasts have to be updated daily.’
    • ‘Hopefully the positive forecast Peter holds for the future will prevail.’
    • ‘What's more, the latest housing finance figures have come in way above even the highest forecasts.’
    • ‘You should also be able to demonstrate a visible order book underpinning your financial forecasts.’
    • ‘At seven this morning I started looking at the day's forecasts for the weather.’
    prediction, prophecy, forewarning, prognostication, augury, divination, prognosis, projection, calculation
    guess, estimate, conjecture, speculation
    warning, signal, sign, token
    prognostic, vaticination, auspication
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