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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
fu•ture /ˈfyutʃɚ/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- time that is to be or come hereafter[countable; singular;
the + ~]some day in the future.
the + ~] something that will exist or happen in time to come.
- events yet to happen[countable]to predict the future.
[the + ~]
BusinessUsually,futures. [plural] commodities bought and sold to make a profit and intended for future delivery.
adj. [before a noun]
- a verb form or construction in the future tense.
- being or coming hereafter:future events.
- Grammarof, relating to, or being a verb tense, form, or construction that refers to events or states in time to come.
- time that is to be or come hereafter.
- something that will exist or happen in time to come:The future is rooted in the past.
- a condition, esp. of success or failure, to come:Some people believe a gypsy can tell you your future.
- another future formation or construction.
Communications, BusinessUsually,futures. speculative purchases or sales of commodities for future receipt or delivery.
- a form in the future, as He will come.
- that is to be or come hereafter:future events; on some future day.
- pertaining to or connected with time to come:one's future prospects; future plans.
- Grammar[Gram.]noting or pertaining to a tense or other verb formation or construction that refers to events or states in time to come.
- Latin fūtūrus about to be (future participle of esse to be)
- Middle English futur Anglo-French, Old French 1325–75
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
future /ˈfjuːtʃə/ n
- the time yet to come
- undetermined events that will occur in that time
- the condition of a person or thing at a later date: the future of the school is undecided
- likelihood of later improvement or advancement: he has a future as a singer
- a tense of verbs used when the action or event described is to occur after the time of utterance
- a verb in this tense
- in future ⇒ from now on; henceforth
See also futuresEtymology: 14th Century: from Latin fūtūrus about to be, from esse to beˈfutureless adj
- that is yet to come or be
- of or expressing time yet to come
- (prenominal) destined to become
- in or denoting the future as a tense of verbs