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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.]

futures

(ˈfjuːtʃəz)
pl n
(Stock Exchange)
a. commodities or other financial products bought or sold at an agreed price for delivery at a specified future date. See also financial futures
b. (as modifier): futures contract; futures market.

futures

An agreement to buy goods at a fixed date in the future at a fixed price. Futures are sold where the price of goods fluctuates, for example, there are futures for commodities such as fruit, and also it is possible to buy futures in foreign currencies. If the price fluctuates, above the amount agreed the buyer gains; if the price fluctuates below, the buyer loses. Futures are a hedge against uncertainty.
Translations

futures

[ˈfjuːtʃərz] nplopérations fpl à terme

futures

[ˈfjuːtʃəz] npl (Fin) → futures mpl
References in classic literature ?
I worked a big deal in futures for their father this morning; nice girls; it's time they were getting married.
Sparkling in the sunshine, gleaming under the summer moon, cold and gray beneath a November sky, trickling over the dam in some burning July drought, swollen with turbulent power in some April freshet, how many young eyes gazed into the mystery and majesty of the falls along that river, and how many young hearts dreamed out their futures leaning over the bridge rail, seeing "the vision splendid" reflected there and often, too, watching it fade into "the light of common day.
Here was gathered a notable group of young men, brilliant and adventurous, who dared to stake their futures on the success of the telephone.
Washington was beneath them, bristling and geometrical; the long lines of its avenues seemed to stretch into national futures.
Tonight, before my Ethiop friends eat you, I shall tell you what has already befallen your wife and child, and what further plans I have for their futures.
We liked to be alone together that last month, to think the long, long thoughts of youth and talk about our futures.
I don't need the fire to read your futures," he said.
They are generous by fits and starts--sometimes patrons, sometimes friends, sometimes masters, in this way they falsify the already false position of the poor children in whom they interest themselves, and trifle with the hearts, the lives, and futures of their protegees, whom they regard very lightly.
It isn't to me, who have been thinking over our futures for many months, and they won't be changed by a slight contretemps, such as this.
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.
There ought to be a CAPACITY to provide for future contingencies as they may happen; and as these are illimitable in their nature, it is impossible safely to limit that capacity.
Then there is the future,' said the Very Young Man.