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tr.v. fore·cast or fore·cast·ed, fore·cast·ing, fore·casts
1. To estimate or predict in advance, especially to predict (weather conditions) by analysis of meteorological data. See Synonyms at predict.
2. To serve as an advance indication of; foreshadow: price increases that forecast inflation.
A prediction, as of coming events or conditions: The weather forecast stated that it would rain.

[Middle English forecasten, to plan beforehand : fore-, fore- + casten, to throw, calculate, prepare; see cast.]

fore·cast′a·ble adj.
fore′cast′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.forecasting - a statement made about the future
statement - a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc; "according to his statement he was in London on that day"
extropy - the prediction that human intelligence and technology will enable life to expand in an orderly way throughout the entire universe
fortunetelling - the practice of predicting people's futures (usually for payment)
horoscope - a prediction of someone's future based on the relative positions of the planets
meteorology, weather forecasting - predicting what the weather will be
forecast, prognosis - a prediction about how something (as the weather) will develop
divination, prophecy - a prediction uttered under divine inspiration
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There was no forecasting this strange girl's processes.
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During forecasting sessions, adjustments can be made not only for promoted items, but also for SKUs that may be cannibalized by them.
Forecasting methods are particularly well suited for pre-admission and admission predictions but can be used for predicting costs as patient treatment takes place.
The concept of long-lead forecasting for a region is something that people haven't really worked with before," says David Rodenhuis, chief of the National Weather Service's Climate Analysis Center (CAC).
WNI's high-tech, automated infrastructure, maintained by its staff of meteorologists, allows the company to provide detailed, varied forecasting for locations around the world.
In the game of forecasting, meteorologists can't hope to win every round.
Of vital importance to the forecasting process are external and internal information inputs.