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fore·cast

 (fôr′kăst′)
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.
n.
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.
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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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We had flood defences that failed and roads that were blocked, Why do we spend millions on long-range weather forcasting? Only months ago we were being warned of a hosepipe ban!