(Old English: a prefix meaning before in place, rank, or time; in advance)

forebode (fohr BOHD) (verb), forebodes; foreboded; foreboding
1. To indicate the likelihood of something taking place: Joe's harsh words with his wife foreboded a bad relationship.
2. To have a premonition of a future misfortune: The arguments between the captain of the ship and the crew foreboded a difficult voyage which actually resulted in a mutiny of the crew.
3. To prophesy or to predict: If the fortune teller foreboded correctly, Jim will inherit a fortune next year.
4. To give a warning that something dangerous is about to happen: The black clouds in the sky are foreboding a severe storm.
forebodement (s) (noun), forebodements (pl)
A strong feeling or notion of a future evil, misfortune, etc.: The forebodement of a devastating earthquake that was made by the meteorologist on TV turned out to be fake news.
foreboder (s) (noun), foreboders (pl)
Something or someone that is able to foresee upcoming events or happenings: The Fairy Godmother was the foreboder of great happiness for poor Cinderella who later married a prince.
foreboding (s) (noun), forebodings (pl)
A feeling that something bad is going to happen: The soldier's wife had a foreboding that he would not return home again from his military assignment.

Sharon had a foreboding that her financial investment would end in disaster.

A premonition that someing is going to be bad.
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An apprehension of coming danger.
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forecast (s) (noun), forecasts (pl)
A statement about what is coming, a prediction: Karl wants to know what the forecasts are for the stock market before he invests any more money.

Some financial experts have written a forecast, predicting an upturn in the stock market.

forecast (verb), forecasts; forecasted; forecasting
1. To tell what is coming on the basis of observations, study, or experience: Cooler weather is forecasted for tomorrow.
2. To plan or to decide ahead of time: The weatherman forecasts on the basis of atmospheric conditions.
forecastable (adjective), more forecastable, most forecastable
A reference to calculations in advance: As usual, the weatherman was correct with his forecastable statements regarding a heavy snowfall during the day.
forecaster (s) (noun), forecasters (pl)
A person who has foresightedness about issues that will happen: It had always been an ambition of Mary's cousin, Pete, to be a forecaster of weather, so he studied meteorology at the university.
forecasting (s) (noun), forecastings (pl)
The act or process of predicting on the basis of present trends of probable events that will come: Daily forecasting is a matter of charting current atmospheric conditions in order to be able to foresee the state of the weather for the near future.
foredestine (verb), foredestines; foredestined; foredestining
To determine the future of someone or something in advance: The ancient oracles often foredestined victory on the battlefield for the king's army.
foreknow (verb), foreknows; foreknew; foreknowing
To discern and to anticipate in advance: The leader of the seance, or communication with the spirits of the dead, appeared to foreknow of the incidents that would happen to Adam who participated in the group.
foreknowledge (s) (noun), foreknowledges (pl)
An awareness of something before it happens or exists; advance anticipation: No one could have any foreknowledge that the hurricanes would cause so much destruction in so many places.
foreordain (verb), foreordains; foreordained; foreordaining
To arrange or to determine an event in advance of its happening: Successful authors foreordain the general outlines of their compositions well in advance of the actual writing of their work.

The shaman of the local group of aboriginal people foreordained that the next chief would come from the far north.

foreordainment (s) (noun), foreordainments (pl)
An action or an assignment that is made in anticipation of some future event: The king's councillors, fearing the interference of the pretender to the throne, announced the foreordainment of the queen as regent to the throne, if his majesty were to die.
foreordinate (verb), foreordinates; foreordinated; foreordinating
1. To appoint beforehand: The president of the university foreordinated a new dean in anticipation of the early retirement of the current dean at the end of the academic year.
2. To predetermine or to predestine: The fortune teller at the local medieval fair enjoyed foreordinating the marital bliss of young people who visited her booth.