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
  1. noun

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

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    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

  2. verb

    predict in advance

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    type of:

    anticipate, call, forebode, foretell, predict, prognosticate, promise

    make a prediction about; tell in advance

  3. verb

    indicate by signs

    augur, auspicate, betoken, bode, foreshadow, foretell, omen, portend, predict, prefigure, presage, prognosticate
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    to be a menacing indication of something:”The clouds threaten rain”

    foretell by divine inspiration
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    bespeak, betoken, indicate, point, signal

    be a signal for or a symptom of

  4. verb

    judge to be probable

    calculate, count on, estimate, figure, reckon
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    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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