Definition of forecast verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

forecast

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːkɑːst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrkæst//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they forecast
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːkɑːst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrkæst//
 
he / she / it forecasts
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːkɑːsts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrkæsts//
 
past simple forecast
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːkɑːst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrkæst//
 
past participle forecast
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːkɑːst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrkæst//
 
past simple forecasted
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːkɑːstɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrkæstɪd//
 
past participle forecasted
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːkɑːstɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrkæstɪd//
 
-ing form forecasting
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːkɑːstɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrkæstɪŋ//
 
Running a business
 
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 (forecast, forecast or forecasted, forecasted) to say what you think will happen in the future based on information that you have now synonym predict forecast something Experts are forecasting a recovery in the economy. Snow is forecast for tomorrow. It is difficult to forecast the demand for the new train service. forecast something to do something Temperatures were forecast to reach 40°C. forecast that… The report forecasts that prices will rise by 3% next month. forecast how, what, etc… It is difficult to forecast how the markets will react. CollocationsThe weatherGood weather be bathed in/​bask in/​be blessed with/​enjoy bright/​brilliant/​glorious sunshine the sun shines/​warms something/​beats down (on something) the sunshine breaks/​streams through something fluffy/​wispy clouds drift across the sky a gentle/​light/​stiff/​cool/​warm/​sea breeze blows in/​comes in off the sea the snow crunches beneath/​under somebody’s feet/​bootsBad weather thick/​dark/​storm clouds form/​gather/​roll in/​cover the sky/​block out the sun the sky darkens/​turns black a fine mist hangs in the air a dense/​heavy/​thick fog rolls in the rain falls/​comes down (in buckets/​sheets)/pours down snow falls/​comes down/​covers something the wind blows/​whistles/​howls/​picks up/​whips through something/​sweeps across something strong/​gale-force winds blow/​gust (up to 80 mph) a storm is approaching/​is moving inland/​hits/​strikes/​rages thunder rolls/​rumbles/​sounds (forked/​sheet) lightning strikes/​hits/​flashes a (blinding/​snow) blizzard hits/​strikes/​blows/​rages a tornado touches down/​hits/​strikes/​destroys something/​rips through something forecast/​expect/​predict rain/​snow/​a category-four hurricane (North American English) pour (down)/ (British English) pour (down) with rain get caught in/​seek shelter from/​escape the rain be covered/​shrouded in mist/​a blanket of fog be in for/​brave/​shelter from a/​the storm hear rolling/​distant thunder be battered/​buffeted by strong winds (British English) be blowing a gale battle against/​brave the elementsThe weather improves the sun breaks through the clouds the sky clears/​brightens (up)/lightens (up) the clouds part/​clear the rain stops/​lets up/​holds off the wind dies down the storm passes the mist/​fog lifts/​clears Language BankexpectDiscussing predictions The number of people using mobile phones to purchase goods and services is expected/likely to more than double by the end of 2015. Experts have predicted/forecast that the number of people using their mobile phones to pay for goods and services should exceed 190 million in 2015. This figure is set to reach 200 million by 2016. By 2015, 800 million mobile phone users worldwide will be participating in social networks via their phone. Sales of mobile phones in 2009 were lower than expected. The company’s announcement of 1.26 billion handsets sold for the year is in line with predictions. See related entries: Running a businessExtra examples a result that was widely forecast higher costs than those originally forecast The report forecasts that prices will rise by 3% next month.
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