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fu·ture

 (fyo͞o′chər)
n.
1. The indefinite time yet to come: will try to do better in the future.
2. Something that will happen in time to come: "The future comes apace" (Shakespeare).
3. A prospective or expected condition, especially one considered with regard to growth, advancement, or development: a business with no future.
4. often futures A financial instrument that obligates the holder to buy or sell an asset at a set price on a specified date in the future: a market for copper futures.
5. Grammar
a. The form of a verb used in speaking of action that has not yet occurred or of states not yet in existence.
b. A verb form in the future tense.
adj.
That is to be or to come; of or existing in later time.

[Middle English, from Old French futur, from Latin futūrus, about to be; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.]

future

(ˈfjuːtʃə)
n
1. the time yet to come
2. undetermined events that will occur in that time
3. the condition of a person or thing at a later date: the future of the school is undecided.
4. likelihood of later improvement or advancement: he has a future as a singer.
5. (Grammar) grammar
a. a tense of verbs used when the action or event described is to occur after the time of utterance
b. a verb in this tense
6. in future from now on; henceforth
adj
7. that is yet to come or be
8. of or expressing time yet to come
9. (prenominal) destined to become: a future president.
10. (Grammar) grammar in or denoting the future as a tense of verbs
[C14: from Latin fūtūrus about to be, from esse to be]
ˈfutureless adj

fu•ture

(ˈfyu tʃər)

n.
1. time that is to be or come hereafter.
2. something that will exist or happen in time to come: to foresee the future.
3. a condition, esp. of success or failure, to come: to tell someone's future.
4.
a. the future tense.
b. a verb form or construction in the future tense.
5. Usu., futures. commodities bought and sold speculatively for future delivery.
adj.
6. being or coming hereafter: future events.
7. pertaining to or connected with time to come: one's future plans.
8. of, pertaining to, or being a verb tense, form, or construction that refers to events or states in time to come.
[1325–75; Middle English futur < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin fūtūrus about to be (future participle of esse to be)]

Future

See also divination; past; time.

1. the art of foretelling the future by means of signs; divination.
2. an omen or portent from which the future is foretold. — augur, n.augurial, adj. — augurous. Obsolete, adj.
foretelling of the future; soothsaying.
the seeking of life’s meaning and fulfillment in the future, — futurist, n.futuristic, adj.
Rare. the state or condition of being about to exist.
the art or practice of forecasting trends or developments in politics, science, society, etc.
the act or art of prognostication or divination; soothsaying.
the skill, condition, or an instance of being oracular.
1. the act of forecasting or prophesying.
2. a forecast or prediction. — prognosticator, n.prognosticative, adj.
anticipation, as in anticipating or describing a future event. See also argumentation. — proleptic, adj.
clairvoyance or other occult or supernatural knowledge.
1. the act of prophesying.
2. the thing foretold. — vaticinator, n.

Future

 

See Also: TIME, SUCCESS, DESTRUCTION, ADVANCING

  1. Can see about as far ahead as a goat —Harold Adams
  2. Doomed like a moth —Dame Edith Sitwell
  3. A dreadful prospect, like losing your potency —Harvey Swados
  4. The future comes like an unwelcome guest —Edmund Gosse
  5. The future grows like a scar —Philip Levine
  6. The future is an opaque mirror. Anyone who tries to look into it sees nothing but the dim outlines of an old and worried face —Jim Bishop, New York Journal-American, October 15, 1959
  7. The future is like heaven; everyone exalts it but no one wants to go there now —James Baldwin
  8. The future was like a sunny road that wandered through a wide-flung, wooden plain —W. Somerset Maugham
  9. The future was rushing toward her like the jaws of a trap snapping shut —A. E. Maxwell
  10. Great promise [of a brilliant career] … faded like his imagination —Marguerite Young
  11. He would fly, if he could, fly in search of a future like a sycamore seed —Louis MacNeice
  12. The years stretched before her like some vast blank page spread out to receive the record of her toil —Edith Wharton
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.future - the time yet to comefuture - the time yet to come      
time - the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past
kingdom come - the end of time; "you can wet the bed till kingdom come, for all I care"
by-and-by - an indefinite time in the future; "he'll get around to it in the sweet by-and-by"
offing - the near or foreseeable future; "there was a wedding in the offing"
tomorrow - the near future; "tomorrow's world"; "everyone hopes for a better tomorrow"
manana - an indefinite time in the future
past, past times, yesteryear - the time that has elapsed; "forget the past"
2.future - a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the future
tense - a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
3.future - bulk commodities bought or sold at an agreed price for delivery at a specified future date
commodity, trade good, good - articles of commerce
oil future, petroleum future - petroleum bought or sold at an agreed price for delivery at a specified future date
soybean future - soybeans bought or sold at an agreed price for delivery at a specified future date
wheat future - wheat bought or sold at an agreed price for delivery at a specified future date
Adj.1.future - yet to be or coming; "some future historian will evaluate him"
incoming - arriving at a place or position; "incoming class"; "incoming mail"
prospective - of or concerned with or related to the future; "prospective earnings"; "a prospective mother"; "a prospective bride"; "the statute is solely prospective in operation"
past - earlier than the present time; no longer current; "time past"; "his youth is past"; "this past Thursday"; "the past year"
present - temporal sense; intermediate between past and future; now existing or happening or in consideration; "the present leader"; "articles for present use"; "the present topic"; "the present system"; "present observations"
2.future - effective in or looking toward the future; "he was preparing for future employment opportunities"
prospective - of or concerned with or related to the future; "prospective earnings"; "a prospective mother"; "a prospective bride"; "the statute is solely prospective in operation"
3.future - (of elected officers) elected but not yet serving; "our next president"
incoming - arriving at a place or position; "incoming class"; "incoming mail"
4.future - a verb tense or other formation referring to events or states that have not yet happened; "future auxiliary"
grammar - the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)

future

noun
1. time to come, hereafter, what lies ahead He made plans for the future.
2. prospect, expectation, outlook She has a splendid future in the police force.
adjective
1. forthcoming, to be, coming, later, expected, approaching, to come, succeeding, fated, ultimate, subsequent, destined, prospective, eventual, ensuing, impending, unborn, in the offing the future King and Queen
forthcoming late, former, past, previous, preceding, erstwhile, bygone, quondam, ex-
in (the) future after this, in times to come I asked her to be more careful in future.
Quotations
"I never think of the future. It comes soon enough" [Albert Einstein]

future

noun
1. Time that is yet to be:
Idiom: time to come.
2. Chance of success or advancement:
outlook, prospect (used in plural).
adjective
Being or occurring in the time ahead:
Translations
مُسْتَقْبَلمَسْتَقْبَليالمُسْتَقْبَل
бъдещбъдеще
budoucnostbudoucíbudoucí čas
fremtidfremtidig
estontecoestontofuturo
tulevik
tulevatulevaisuusfutuuri
budućibudućnostfutur
jövõjövőjövõ idejûjövõ idõjövő idő
framtíîframtíîar-
未来未来の
미래미래의
ateitisbūsimasisbūsimasis laikasbūsimojo laiko
darbības vārda nākotnedarbības vārda nākotnes-nākamaisnākotnenākotnes-
viitor
budúci časbudúcnosť
prihodnostprihodnji
framtidframtidafuturum
ภายหน้าอนาคต
gelecekgelecek zamangeleceğe ait
tương laitrong tương lai

future

[ˈfjuːtʃəʳ]
A. ADJ
1. [husband, generations] → futuro; [plans] → para el futuro
at some future date or timeen un futuro
his future prospects are bleaksus perspectivas de futuro no son nada halagüeñas
in future yearsen los años venideros
see also reference
2. (Gram) the future perfectel futuro perfecto
the future tenseel futuro
B. N
1.futuro m
who knows what the future holds?¿quién sabe lo que nos depara el futuro?
they see schoolchildren as their customers of the futureven a los niños en edad escolar como sus clientes del futuro
we must look to the futuretenemos que mirar al futuro
in futurede ahora en adelante
in the futureen el futuro
in the near futureen un futuro próximo or cercano
in the not too distant futureen un futuro no muy lejano
2. (= prospects) → futuro m, porvenir m
her future is assuredtiene el futuro or el porvenir asegurado
he believes his future lies in comedypiensa que su futuro or su porvenir está en la comedia
there's no future in itno tiene futuro
3. (Gram) → futuro m
in the futureen futuro
4. futures (Fin) → futuros mpl
C. CPD the futures market N (Fin) → el mercado de futuros

future

[ˈfjuːtʃər]
adjfutur(e)
at some future date → à une date ultérieure
for future reference → comme référence ultérieure
n
avenir m
What are your plans for the future? → Quels sont vos projets pour l'avenir?
We will have to see what the future holds → Nous verrons ce que l'avenir nous réserve.
There's no future in this idea → Cette idée n'a aucun avenir.
I decided that my future lay in medicine → J'ai décidé que mon avenir est dans la médecine.
the offices of the future → les bureaux du futur
in future → à l'avenir
Be more careful in future → Sois plus prudent à l'avenir.
in the future → à l'avenir
in the immediate future → dans un avenir immédiat
in the near future → dans un avenir proche
in the foreseeable future → dans un avenir prévisible
(LINGUISTICS)futur m
Put this sentence into the future → Mettez cette phrase au futur.

future

n
Zukunft f; we will have to see what the future holdswir müssen abwarten or sehen, was die Zukunft bringt; they look to the future with a certain anxietysie blicken mit einer gewissen Angst in die Zukunft; in futurein Zukunft; it won’t happen in the foreseeable/near futurees wird in absehbarer/nächster Zeit nicht passieren; the strikes will continue into the foreseeable futuredie Streiks werden auf absehbare Zeit anhalten; in the distant/not too distant futurein ferner/nicht allzu ferner Zukunft; that is still very much in the futuredas liegt noch in weiter Ferne; what plans do you have for the future?was für Zukunftspläne haben Sie?; there is a sound future in publishingdas Verlagswesen hat eine sichere Zukunft; to have a/any futureeine Zukunft haben; no one had any faith in its futureniemand glaubte daran, dass es eine Zukunft hatte; there is a real future for me with this firmich habe in dieser Firma glänzende Aussichten; her future lies or is in politicsihre Zukunft liegt in der Politik; there’s no future in this type of researchdiese Art von Forschung hat keine Zukunft
(Gram) the futuredas Futur, die Zukunft
(St Ex) futures plTermingeschäfte pl; coffee futuresTerminkontrakte plin Kaffee; commodity/financial futuresWaren-/Finanzterminkontrakte pl; futures marketTerminmarkt m, → Terminbörse f
adj attr
generations, husband, wife, king, queen, role(zu)künftig; at a or some future datezu einem späteren Zeitpunkt; his future prospects/plansseine Aussichten/Pläne für die Zukunft, seine Zukunftsaussichten/-pläne; in future yearsin den kommenden Jahren; for future reference, …zu Ihrer Information, …; you can keep it for future referenceSie können es behalten, um später darauf Bezug zu nehmen; future lifeLeben ntnach dem Tod
(Gram) the future tensedas Futur, die Zukunft; the future perfectdie vollendete Zukunft

future

[ˈfjuːtʃəʳ]
1. adjfuturo/a
the future tense → il futuro
at some future date → in futuro
2. nfuturo, avvenire m (Gram) → futuro
in future → in futuro
in the near future → in un prossimo futuro
in the immediate future → nell'immediato futuro
there's no future in it → non c'è futuro in questo campo

future

(ˈfjuːtʃə) noun
1. (what is going to happen in) the time to come. He was afraid of what the future might bring; (also adjective) his future wife.
2. (a verb in) the future tense.
adjective
(of a tense of a verb) indicating an action which will take place at a later time.
in future adverb
after this; from now on. Don't do that in future.

future

مُسْتَقْبَل budoucí, budoucnost fremtid, fremtidig Zukunft, zukünftig μέλλον, μελλοντικός futuro tuleva, tulevaisuus avenir, futur budući, budućnost futuro 未来, 未来の 미래, 미래의 toekomst, toekomstig framtid, framtidig przyszłość, przyszły futuro будущее, будущий framtid, framtida ภายหน้า, อนาคต gelecek trong tương lai, tương lai 未来, 未来的

future

n. futuro, porvenir.
References in classic literature ?
Pickwick, Sir:- I address you upon the subject of sin the sinner I mean is a man named Winkle who makes trouble in his club by laughing and sometimes won't write his piece in this fine paper I hope you will pardon his badness and let him send a French fable because he can't write out of his head as he has so many lessons to do and no brains in future I will try to take time by the fetlock and prepare some work which will be all commy la fo that means all right I am in haste as it is nearly school time
It did not seem to them that anything that could hap- pen in the future could blot out the wonder and beauty of the thing that had happened.
Indeed he is," agreed Ned, making a mental resolve not to be so public with his thoughts in the future.
When his deep-seeing eyes rested on me, I felt as if he were looking far ahead into the future for me, down the road I would have to travel.
The future was a mystery which she never attempted to penetrate.
Giving them reason to believe he was merely employed in a consultation concerning the future route, he spurred his charger, and drew the reins again when the animal had carried him within a few yards of the place where the sullen runner still stood, leaning against the tree.
Here let me observe, that for some time we had experienced the most uncomfortable weather as a prelibation of our future sufferings.
Neither had success as yet affected their boyish simplicity and the frankness of old frontier habits; they played with their new-found riches with the naive delight of children, and rehearsed their glowing future with the importance and triviality of school-boys.
His home would include the home of the dead and buried wizard, and would thus afford the ghost of the latter a kind of privilege to haunt its new apartments, and the chambers into which future bridegrooms were to lead their brides, and where children of the Pyncheon blood were to be born.
At some future day, it may be, I shall remember a few scattered fragments and broken paragraphs, and write them down, and find the letters turn to gold upon the page.
From his death followed the second bereavement which had made the house desolate; the helpless position of the daughters whose prosperous future had been his dearest care; the revelation of the secret which had overwhelmed her that morning; the disclosure, more terrible still, which she now stood committed to make to the orphan sisters.
From what has been done, therefore, we may venture a guess as to the future of the telephone.