Meaning of “forecast” in the English Dictionary

"forecast" in British English

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forecastnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfɔː.kɑːst/ us /ˈfɔːr.kæst/

B1 a statement of what is judged likely to happen in the future, especially in connection with a particular situation, or the expected weather conditions:

economic forecasts
The weather forecast said it was going to rain later today.

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  • The forecast said it was going to be hot and sunny tomorrow.
  • The forecast said that there's a possibility of snow tonight.
  • Experts have given a gloomy economic forecast.
  • The sales forecast is predicated on the assumption that the economy will grow by four percent this year.
  • I think these sales forecasts are unrealistic, considering how slow sales are at present.

forecastverb [ T ]

uk /ˈfɔː.kɑːst/ us /ˈfɔːr.kæst/ forecast or forecasted, forecast or forecasted

(Definition of “forecast” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"forecast" in American English

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forecastnoun [ C ]

us /ˈfɔr·kæst, ˈfoʊr-/

a statement of what is likely to happen in the future:

The forecast is heavy rain for tomorrow.
forecast
verb [ T ] us /ˈfɔr·kæst, ˈfoʊr-/ past tense and past participle forecast or forecasted

The government is forecasting that unemployment will continue to fall.
forecaster
noun [ C ] us /ˈfɔrˌkæs·tər, ˈfoʊr-/

a weather forecaster

(Definition of “forecast” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"forecast" in Business English

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forecastnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfɔːkɑːst/ us

a statement of what is judged likely to happen in the future, based on information you have now:

give/make/provide a forecast on sth He refused to give a forecast on when 365 is likely to make money for shareholders.
cut/downgrade/reduce a forecast The CBI also cut its growth forecast for the economy next year from 2.7% to 2.4%.
meet a forecast The company hopes to meet its forecast of 4% growth this year.
a budget/deficit/profit/revenue forecast As for housing and jobs, the budget forecast predicts little improvement any time soon.
The Treasury's summer economic forecast warned of a rise in underlying inflation by the end of the year.
a bleak/gloomy forecast

forecastverb [ T ]

uk /ˈfɔːkɑːst/ us forecast, forecasted, forecast, forecasted

to judge what is likely to happen in the future, based on information you have now:

forecast a drop/growth/rise in sth The company still forecasts a 2% growth in house prices next year.
forecast profits/revenue/sales Analysts forecast profits of €8.8m this year.
be forecast to be sth Operating profits are forecast to be below previous expectations at $3m.
forecast that The Chancellor is forecasting that inflation will remain on target at 2.5% in each of the next three years.

(Definition of “forecast” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)