Meaning of forecast

fore•cast

Pronunciation: (fôr'kast", -käst", fōr'-), [key]
— v., n. -cast -cast•ed, -cast•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to predict (a future condition or occurrence); calculate in advance: to forecast a heavy snowfall; to forecast lower interest rates.
  2. to serve as a prediction of; foreshadow.
  3. to contrive or plan beforehand; prearrange.
—v.i.
  1. to conjecture beforehand; make a prediction.
  2. to plan or arrange beforehand.
—n.
  1. a prediction, esp. as to the weather.
  2. a conjecture as to something in the future.
  3. the act, practice, or faculty of forecasting.
  4. foresight in planning.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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