A forecast is a prediction of what will happen. If the weather forecast calls for sunny skies, consider leaving your umbrella at home. (But, since forecasts aren’t guaranteed to be right, don’t blame us if you get rained on.)

While often used in the context of weather, forecast can also be used for other types of predictions such as those related to financial or political outcomes. Note that a forecast is typically a prediction made by experts. So, while a financial analyst might forecast fourth-quarter profits, your prediction about whether your friend will pay back the five dollars he owes you is more of a hunch than a forecast.

Definitions of forecast

n a prediction about how something (as the weather) will develop

financial forecast
a forecast of the expected financial position and the results of operations and cash flows based on expected conditions
weather forecast, weather outlook
a forecast of the weather
Type of:
forecasting, foretelling, prediction, prognostication
a statement made about the future

v predict in advance

Type of:
anticipate, call, forebode, foretell, predict, prognosticate, promise
make a prediction about; tell in advance

v indicate by signs

augur, auspicate, betoken, bode, foreshadow, foretell, omen, portend, predict, prefigure, presage, prognosticate
to be a menacing indication of something:"The clouds threaten rain"
foretell by divine inspiration
Type of:
bespeak, betoken, indicate, point, signal
be a signal for or a symptom of

v judge to be probable

calculate, count on, estimate, figure, reckon
allow, take into account
allow or plan for a certain possibility; concede the truth or validity of something
budget for
calculate enough money for; provide for in the budget
Type of:
evaluate, judge, pass judgment
form a critical opinion of

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