from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To estimate or calculate in advance, especially to predict (weather conditions) by analysis of meteorological data. See Synonyms at predict.
- transitive v. To serve as an advance indication of; foreshadow: price increases that forecast inflation.
- intransitive v. To calculate or estimate something in advance; predict the future.
- n. A prediction, as of coming events or conditions.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To estimate how a condition will be in the future.
- n. An estimation of a future condition.
- n. A prediction of the weather.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To plan beforehand; to scheme; to project.
- transitive v. To foresee; to calculate beforehand, so as to provide for.
- intransitive v. To contrive or plan beforehand.
- n. Previous contrivance or determination; predetermination.
- n. A calculation predicting future events; the foresight of consequences, and provision against them; prevision; premeditation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cast or contrive beforehand; plan before execution.
- To consider or calculate beforehand; discern beforehand.
- To make a plan or scheme in advance; contrive something beforehand.
- To foresee; surmise.
- n. Previous contrivance or provision; predetermination.
- n. Foresight; prescience; prevision.
- n. Synonyms Prudence, Providence, etc. (see wisdom); forethought, anticipation.
- n. Specifically, in meteorology, a statement of the expected weather. Official daily weather forecasts were first published by Fitzroy in England in 1861.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. predict in advance
- v. indicate by signs
- n. a prediction about how something (as the weather) will develop
- v. judge to be probable
Middle English forecasten, to plan beforehand : fore-, fore- + casten, to throw, calculate, prepare; see cast.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)