I. verb (forecast; also forecasted; forecasting) Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. a. to calculate or predict (some future event or condition) usually as a result of study and analysis of available pertinent data; especially to predict (weather conditions) on the basis of correlated meteorological observations b. to indicate as likely to occur 2. to serve as a forecast of ; presage <
such events may forecast peace
intransitive verb to calculate the future Synonyms: see foretellforecastable adjectiveforecaster noun II. noun Date: 1527 1. archaic foresight of consequences and provision against them ; forethought 2. a prophecy, estimate, or prediction of a future happening or condition

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  • Forecast — Fore*cast , v. i. To contrive or plan beforehand. [1913 Webster] If it happen as I did forecast. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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